Our tops are a thin piece of wood glued to the body. Because of the size, the top does not influence the sound much. What we did experience is that if a very hard top wood is added on softer body woods, it adds a little bit more articulation and attack.

 

We always advice to focus on the look when choosing a top wood. One should also consider the wear resistance of the top wood. Some softer woods should be hard finished while other look and feel best with an oil finish. We are happy to advise you on your choice.

 

Underneath you can see the standard woods we offer. They are our standard woods and are available without an upcharge.

 

Upcharge or not they are beautiful woods and they have been chosen for their wear resistance which makes them a perfect match for our oil finish.

Wenge
 

Wenge has a dark brown color with tiny black stripes. It is a dense and hard wood and looks best with an oil finish. It has a tough and robust appearance because of the rough surface caused by the big open pores.

 

Goncalo Alves
 

Goncalo Alves is a very nice looking wood with the golden brown colors. Sometimes it has striking dark striping and is therefore called tigerwood. This is one of the woods that gets more beautiful with time. The golden brown color changes to a deep red brown and the darker stripes change to almost black.

The wood has a high oil and resin content and has a waxy feel. It can be polished to a nice shine due to the tight grain. Looks best with an oil finish. FSC

Zebrano
 

It is also known as zebrawood because of its dark brown/yellow stripes. It is a very decorative while tough and heavy wood. Similar to wenge it has a rough surface caused by the big open pores. And visually it matches wenge well.

Because of the hardness the best choice is oil finish which results in a robust and tough look.

Amazaque
 

Amazaque is also known as schedua or ovankol. It has a striped dark brown with medium brown color. Sometimes it has a nice flame figure. We have some nice pieces in stock with a nice white colored spalted edge. Amazaque is a very hard and heavy wood.

Because of the hardness the best choice is oil finish.

Bubinga
 

Bubinga is a very decorative but heavy wood It can vary in color from pink/red to dark orange/burgundy/purple. It is also called African rosewood because of the nice looking grain figure. Sometimes bubinga has a nice flamed figure to it.

It looks very good when oiled and because of the hardness this would be the obvious choice of finish.

African Padouk
 

African padouk is a medium dense wood with a bright orange/red color. The color darkens towards reddish brown with age and exposure to sunlight (see picture). The wood has a high oil and resin content which gives it a nice feel. When there is some sap wood in the piece, it can be one of the coolest looking tops.

It is very stable and when oiled has a nice and fast feel. FSC

 

 

We have over 40 species of wood, some with beautiful figures and grain patterns. Underneath you can see the more exotic woods we usually have in stock.

 

We also have many one of a kind, unique and very rare pieces. These will be shown in the available woods pages. The exotic woods are available with an upcharge.

Figured maple
 

Maple is the traditional topwood. It's available in different figures (flame, fiddleback, quilted, burled or birdseye). Because of the tight grain and nice shine the different figures look better than on most other woods. The light color makes it the perfect wood for stains and colors.

We always have a large stock of figured maple ranging from slightly figured to real master grade pieces.

Maple is hard enough to oil finish but if the bass will be abused with sweat a hard finish would be a better choice,

Figured redwood
 

Redwood is a nice lightweight wood that is sometimes used for acoustic guitar tops when a warm sound is desired. It is a good choice for our hollow bodies to enhance the acoustic tone.

Sometimes redwood has a striking flame or burled figure. The color is warm red brown and a bass with figured redwood has always a classy look.

Oil finish is possible if the bass is taken care off but because redwood is a soft wood, a hard finish is prefered.

Buckeye
 

Buckeye is not such an interesting wood but the fungus that sometimes occurs in buckeye colors the wood in an amazing dark gray blue color. The wood is usually colored in zones which give a great look when bookmatched. A piece that has both a burled or flame figure and the blue discoloration can be easily one of the nicest looking woods available.

The disadvantage of the blue buckeye is that the wood has decayed and has become very soft. This has an impact on the tone (because it dampens the vibrations of te bridge). Basses with a buckeye top sound less lively, but that might be a desired sound feature for some. Buckeye Should be hard finished.

Spalted tops
 

Spalted tops can be very nice looking. It is commonly seen in maple but other species can produce a nice spalt figure. The spalt is caused by fungi and bacteria and is the natural decaying process. On the picture on the left the top part is the unaffected maple, the low part is the decayed (spalted) maple.

Decayed woods like spalted maple are so soft that you can push a hole in them with your fingernail. Because they are so soft they absorb a lot of string energy from the bridge and we have to be careful that the bridge is supported and sometimes we have to inlay a harder piece of wood under the bridge area. We always put the part that is not spalted under the bridge if possible. Spalted wood is very hard to work with and should be hard finished.

Pau ferro
 

This beautiful wood is getting more popular and it should be. This is a heavy and wear resistant wood and some companies use it for fretless fingerboards. This is one of the most atractive woods with the warm striped colors ranging from yellow/brown/black.

The grain is very tight ans it can be polished to a nice shine. The prefered finish is absolutely an oil finish.

Amboyna burl
 
This is a very rare and expensive wood. But with the nice warm color and the beautiful figure it is one of the nicest and one of the classiest looking woods.

It is the burl of the padouk that grows in the Amboyna Islands. It is the same species as the Solomon padouk we use for our bodies and necks which grows in the Solomon Islands. This wood is very hard to find and we have a small stash, When it is gone it will be hard to replace!

The wood is mediun dense and ware resistant. Looks great with an oil finis. But if a lot of abuse is expected a hard finish could be a good choice.
Olive
   
Walnut