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Help me identify this bodywood '72 P

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JGintheHam, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. JGintheHam

    JGintheHam Supporting Member

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    I am thinking Ash. Could be a slab? I'll let you experts tell me. I am going to post it here on the classifieds and want to get the description right...

    Please let me know if you need more pics.

    BTW, the glory of this bass, just had it PLEKd by Mike Lull, clean bill of health, and only 7 lbs and change!!!!!:hyper:

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  2. msb

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    They used both alder and ash at that time .
  3. JGintheHam

    JGintheHam Supporting Member

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    Can you tell by the grain?
  4. frankieC

    frankieC Supporting Member

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    The Grain of Alder is more straight and uniform than Ash.
  5. tomydacat

    tomydacat Supporting Member

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    it looks like my 75 which im pretty sure is Alder.:bassist:

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  6. Caca de Kick

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    I will swear up and down all day long that it's alder on your sunburst bass, same as it was on my old sunburst 72 P. Certainly looks like it to me.

    Generally on sunburst basses in the early 70's with tort guards and G-side finger rest, it was still using mostly alder.
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  8. MIMike

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    Yes, Alder. Ash is what was used on the natural and more transparent finishes, like blond.
  9. BurningSkies

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    Exactly. Besides no one could give you an idea from those pictures...the real grain is obscured by sealer.
  10. Davo-London

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    Alder vote from me.

    Davo
  11. spiritbass

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    Nicely aged alder. :cool:
  12. bass_case

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    I don't know, but it looks like my 71.
  13. 2cooltoolz

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    I'm voting Alder. In my experience, Alder tends to have more straight, parallel grain, where ash tends to have more curves and whorls.

    Also not a slab. Slap bodies have less rounded edges and don't have the body contours.
  14. frankieC

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    Have you figured out how much you're asking?
  15. guitargarage

    guitargarage Supporting Member

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    That's alder - like others have said - the grain is too straight and consistent to be ash. Plus the ash Fender used in the 70s was usually HEAVY - a 7 lb P-bass is about as light as you're gonna get with stock tuners and bridge.

    Are the frets and fretboard finish original - the fretboard looks VERY clean !!
  16. guitargarage

    guitargarage Supporting Member

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    Oh and the bodies almost certainly made from between 3 and 5 pieces of alder glued together - it can be hard to see the join lines because the grain of the alder is so straight, but if it were stripped you'd see the differences in the end grain.

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