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your favorite bass body wood/laminate top

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by adept_inept, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. adept_inept


    Jan 9, 2006
    what's your favorite bass body wood? i'm a huge fan of swamp ash. seems like the perfect combination of alder, mahogany, and maple tones.

    as far as laminate tops. i love birdseye maple, more than most. that and cocobolo.
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Hm i really like ash and swamp ash bodies, and i like redwood tops, especially all the fancy water treated..flamed etc ones. Cocobolo , depending on the piece , attracts me as well.
  3. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    Ash, with a Macassar ebony, wenge or one of the F bass enhanced ash tops.

    I've never played an alder bodied bass I really like and most figured maples leave me cold.
  4. A nice mid-weight Honduran-Mahogany body cut in the shape of a non-reverse thunderbird. Maybe a Mahogany top. hahaha.

    IF I had to do a different top wood, I'd say ash.
  5. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    I'm a sucker for a nice piece of flame walnut. I like my Swamp Ash, & I like my Korina, & I think flame walnut would look great dropped onto either...
  6. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder/Owner: Wing Instruments
    Body: Swamp Ash

    Tops: AAAAA Quilted Maple, Spalted Maple, California Walnut, Curly Redwood
  7. Ripper


    Aug 16, 2005
    Just a quick question:

    has any1 ever heard/seen a bass using black walnut as the main/top wood?

    I've been considering making 1 & was wondering how it would sound/look.
  8. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    My favorite body wood is mahogany (love the full/tight low mids). As for a top wood, I have no real preference. Lots of different woods look good, but certainly the water-cured "blackened" redwood from Mike Tobias is up there on my list of favorites, as are flamed redwood and "fiddleback" mahogany (see my latest Skjold). I'm not as familiar with myrtle, but I have seen a number of basses and tops of late made of various types of myrtle which have really grabbed my attention.

  9. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Mahogany Body.
    Wenge' or Flamed Redwood Top
  10. Aj*


    Jun 14, 2005
    West Yorkshire, UK
    Spalted Maple is the king of all topwoods imo. Flame Koa and Cocobolo are pretty nice too.
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Body: alder

    Top: paint!

    Don't get me wrong, I enjoy looking at top lams of exotic wood, but in some respects I'm old school. That said, if my Darrin Huff bass ever gets built, the top will be spalted/quilted maple. I'm very much looking forward to it. :)
  12. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    for the body I like a mix of mahogany and swamp ash, like ken lawrence do on his unity line.

    For the top, my favorite for the last few years has been cocobolo.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    My Favorite Combo is a Chambered Swamp Ash with a highly figured Quilted Maple Cap in Greenburst with a Maple Neck and Fingerboard just like this![​IMG][/IMG][​IMG][/IMG]
  14. adept_inept


    Jan 9, 2006
    i love that sadowsky. omg. that finish. is the best green burst the world has ever seen.
  15. Gard


    Mar 31, 2000
    WInter Garden, FL
    Bubinga over swamp ash, tasty!!!
  16. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Love your roscoe gard :)
  17. Gard


    Mar 31, 2000
    WInter Garden, FL
    So does Jive1 apparantly...in the biblical way...


  18. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Maybe theyll make hybrid babies... good gas mileage.
  19. puff father

    puff father

    Jan 20, 2006
    Endicott, NY
    I think I recall an Alembic with that top wood. Nice looking but a little pricey on an Alembic!
  20. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Body: Swamp Ash

    Top: Spalted Maple, Ebony, and Ambonya Burl (any burl, really.)