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Our first consideration is always great tone.  We then use years of experience to match often 4A, 5A and Exhibition grade timber to really make the basses sing.  We have a range of stunning timbers which are available for all the Elite models.

 

We primarily use tonewoods like Maple in it's various forms (Flamed, Quilted, Wild, Spalted) because of their sonic benefits.  However, we also use Wenge, Redwood, Lacewood, Bocote and other exotic timbers. Other tonewoods are available on request.

Quilted Maple:

This is a stunning timber.  It gets it's name form the large patchwork-like figuring seen on fabric quilts.  Quilted Maple is rarer than the other forms and in it's highest grade form, is the most expensive of the Maples.  Clear gloss and dyed finishes really make the grain pop.

 

Flame/Curly Maple:

This timber usually has a horizontal rippled grain which creates a three dimensional look.  It is also tonally bright and work well with our selection of body timbers.  Clear gloss and dyed finishes also work particularly well with these timbers.  This variant is less expensive than Quilted Maple.

 

Spalted Maple:

This term is used to describe any Maple that has been allowed to to begin the initial stages of decay, then dried to prevent further decay.  This results in a black contrasting lines in the timber which looks stunning.  This timber is often spongy and soft.  We recommend finishing this timber in Satin or Gloss Lacquer.

 

Tone: Tonally Maple is bright and is an excellent match for Swamp Ash.  Bottom end is Articulate with a lot of definition and clarity.

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Body top timbers

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American Black Walnut:

The wood is generally straight grained, but sometimes with wavy or curly grain that produces an attractive and decorative figure.  This timber is light brown to dark reddish brown in colour.  

 

This timber works  well as a top, with an Alder, Swamp Ash or Utile body.  We recommend finishing this timber in Satin or Gloss Lacquer.

 

Tone: Bright top end, but not as bright as Maple.  Bottom end is full, with a lot of definition and clarity.

Fiddleback American Black Walnut:

This highly figured timber is fairly rare and therefore expensive.  It is a reddy brown colour with occasional streaks of yellow.

 

This stunning timber works particularly well as a top and bottom, with an Alder body core.  We recommend finishing this timber in Satin or Gloss Lacquer.

 

Tone: Bright, but not as bright as Maple.  Bottom end is full, with a lot of definition and clarity.

Redwood:

This timber is very light in weigth and has a strong attractive grain pattern.

 

This is an excellent timber choice to match with any body timber.  The prominent grain can be very pleasing when finished in clear Matt, Satin or Gloss Lacquer.  We do not recommend oil finishing this timber.

 

Tone: Punchy, strong mids and a nice top end which is not too bright.  The bottom end is clear and articulate.  

Big leaf Redwood:

This timber is very light in weight.  It has a stunning, large sweeping grain pattern and is reddy brown in colour.

 

This is an excellent timber choice to match with any top or can be used on it's own, as the prominent grain can be very pleasing when finished in clear Matt, Satin or Gloss Lacquer.  We do not recommend oil finishing this timber.

 

Tone: Strong mids and a nice top end which is not too bright.  The bottom end is clear and articulate.  

Lacewood:

This is light coloured speckled timber varying in colour form creamy to reddish. It is often used in high quality furniture.  The pattern varies from small to large specks.

 

This is an excellent top  to match with any body timber. We recommend finishing this timber in Matt, Satin or Gloss Lacquer.

 

Tone: Punchy, strong mids and a bright top end.  The bottom end is full, clear and articulate.

Wenge:

This timber is very dense and heavy in weigth.  If quarter sawn the grain can be highly figured.  This is an excellent timber choice to match with a light weight body timber such as Alder.  Wenge can be oiled or left unfinished.

 

Tone: Bright, with very strong attack to the notes.  Punchy, growly mids and a bright treble is characterised by this timber.