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Intermediate Member
Username: neyman

Post Number: 139
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Friday, February 20, 2015 - 8:40 pm:   Edit Post

Curious about the body wood on my Distillate. I thought it was a deep red mahogany (darker and more red than I've ever seen in mahogany), but now I'm thinking koa?
Username: mica

Post Number: 8452
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 3:51 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Dan,

I found the file for your bass. It says I sent details on the build to you back in 2001! Amazing how long ago that is. Here's the list of specs:

top: Figured Walnut
accent: Maple laminate
body: Mahogany
neck: 5-piece Maple and Purpleheart
scale: 32" medium
fingerboard: Ebony
inlays: Pearloid (plastic) ovals
pickups: AXY
controls: Distillate
originally made for: Sam Ash Music
birthday: October 10, 1990

I have in the file that is was for sale at Bass Northwest at one point - maybe that's where you got it?

As for the Mahogany, it does indeed grow darker over time, and there is a wide gamut of colors it can express. Also, Walnut tends to get lighter over time, so the difference between the two may exaggerate the aging of the Mahogany.

Koa also gets lighter over time, and generally isn't red or ruddy colored to my eye. Post a picture (or email one to me) and I'll let you know what I think.
Intermediate Member
Username: neyman

Post Number: 140
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 5:40 pm:   Edit Post

Yup. Bought it at BassNW as a wedding present (to me!). Funny, I don't remember getting a certificate. I'll have to search my files.

I'll post a pic here soon.
Intermediate Member
Username: neyman

Post Number: 141
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 5:26 pm:   Edit Post

Here is the back. That's an outstanding piece of mahogany!

Username: stephenr

Post Number: 51
Registered: 9-2014
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 6:07 pm:   Edit Post

Not fair to show the back but not the front...

Really nice color, grain and figure in the Mahogany.
Senior Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 438
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 6:38 am:   Edit Post

Hmmm, I remember that beautiful Walnut top! But I didn't remember how interesting was the back too!

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