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Re: mutli piece tops on carved bass

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Posted by dave ( on May 27, 2002 at 20:11:53:

In Reply to: Re: mutli piece tops on carved bass posted by Bob Gollihur on May 27, 2002 at 11:43:55:

Thanks Bob, Someone pointed me to Kolstein's site demonstrating what you've said.
I noticed the basses there tended to have better matched pieces of wood (at least as could be discerned by the pics)
Would you say having multiple pieces is more of a cosmetic difference or does it affect the sound?
How so?

Thanks again,

: : I have a carved 5 string and the top appears to be 5 separate pieces.
: : One large piece gowing through the middle and separate pieces for the upper an lower corners.
: : The back seems to be 4 separate pieces.
: : Is this common? Is it an indication of the quality of the instrument?
: : It's only about a year old but has a very nice sound.

: Multi-piece backs and tops are quite common, as you might imagine, finding a single and reasonably stable piece so large would be difficult. Multi-piece (4 or 5 as opposed to 2) are more common in less expensive instruments, or perhaps I should say that two piece fronts and backs are more common in expensive, custom made instruments.

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