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help with wood ID

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Metal Mitch, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. Metal Mitch

    Metal Mitch

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    Hi all, need a bit of help confirming my guess. Is this plywood, or just router marks?

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  2. mwbonsall

    mwbonsall Expendable Supporting Member

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    Doesn't look like plywood to me.

    Mark
  3. Kmonk

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    Doesn't look like plywood. Looks more like its just the natural grain of the wood.
  4. T-Bird

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    Hi.

    Hard to tell from the pics, but I'd guess neither.

    I'd say the minerals (iron or copper most likely by the colour of it) trapped in the cells have reacted with oxygen or with something in the finish (if there is any that is).

    Regards
    Sam
  5. pfox14

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    I doubt those stripes are router marks. They are too close together. It does appear to be some sort of laminated material.
  6. Hopkins

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    They could very well be from a CNC machine
  7. zenman

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    Looks like the normal growth rings of the wood. Typical of what you would see on the edge of a flat sawn piece of wood. Pics are a bit blurry though, so it could be something else, but I doubt it.
  8. HaMMerHeD

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    I don't think those are tool marks, and I think the lines are too irregular to be plywood.
  9. WoodyG3

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    Pics are too out of focus to be sure, but it just looks like wood grain to me.
  10. M.R. Ogle

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    Agreed, it's wood grain.

    Plywood is would show very even, parallel layers of composites and adhesive, and router marks would also be very "even" and mechanical, not varying in width and straightness like those lines are.
  11. Metal Mitch

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    Hey guys, yeah sorry for the crappy cell pics.

    I've found pics online of neck pockets on plywood guitars and I'm relieved to see they are very different. Agreed these are too irregular to be either plywood or tool marks. It looks like a lam, but the layers are tilted - they're not parallel to the top and back. I've just never seen this type of grain before - probably because most of my guitars are black with painted cavities :)

    Now I'm guessing the body is basswood mainly because it's super lightweight. But I've read basswood is supposed to cut cleanly, and this one got pretty tore up around the drill holes.

    Thanks for all the replies.

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