Bass Laminate Top Option

Beautiful woods are the hallmark of custom guitars. Unfortunately, such woods are often expensive and their sonic properties may not be nearly as attractive as their good looks.

Laminating a thin top to a guitar body does not significantly alter the tone of the instrument. The neck still attaches to the core wood and the bridge screws are anchored through the top into the same core. Of course, in carved top thicknesses, laminate tops do significantly effect the toneality of an instrument.

So, an alder body with our 1/8" thick top will still sound like an alder body, but may have the appearance of your favorite exotic wood.

Making A Laminate Top

Laminate Cut 1

The tops are done in what is called a bookmatch. This is accomplished by resawing a plank and...

Laminate Cut 2

Opening the resulting 2 halves like a book.

Laminate Cut 3

This yields a symmetrical pattern along the body centerline.

Bass Laminate Top Option



How It Is Done - "The Core"





How It Is Done - "The Drop Top"

Many years ago we developed a process where by a 1/8” thick exotic top may be formed over the face and forearm contour of a guitar body. As you may see in the pictures, these laminate top bodies have identical contours as the original solid bodies.








The Woods

Laminate Top Wood Application Guide
Standard grade is AA. If you are looking for extreme figure,
please call us for availability and prices.

(253) 845-0403

Standard Price Woods
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  CARVED TOPS (5/8” - 3/4”) THINLINE (1/4”) HOLLOW STRAT® (1/8”) REGULAR LAM TOP (1/8”)
Ash YES YES YES  
Alder YES YES YES  
Black Korina   YES YES  
Bubinga     YES YES
Birdseye Maple   YES YES YES
Flame Maple YES YES YES YES
Koa YES YES YES YES
Lacewood   YES YES YES
Mahogany YES YES YES YES
Padouk YES YES YES YES
Quilted Maple YES YES YES YES
Rosewood (Palisander)   YES YES YES
Redwood (Figured)       YES
Spruce   YES YES YES
Walnut YES YES YES YES
Wenge     YES YES
White Korina YES YES YES  
Zebrawood YES YES YES YES