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Body wood?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by fresnorich, Aug 16, 2005.


  1. fresnorich

    fresnorich

    Sep 17, 2003
    Fresno, CA
    Does this look like alder, ash, or basswood?

    It's a late '70s/early '80s Tokai jazz body that weights 6 lbs. (fully loaded; no neck).

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  2. Looks sort of like ash, but it's hard to tell exactly.
     
  3. Demens

    Demens

    Apr 23, 2005
    Waco, Texas
    Yeah... it looks a lot like ash, but it is hard to tell on a piece of wood that small that is partially covered with paint... :p
     
  4. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Maryland
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    If it's a Japanese knock-off, it doesn't even have to be one of those woods, does it?
     
  5. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    Looks too red to be ash. My guess would be alder.
     
  6. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    The grain and colour yells "conifer" to me.
    Agathis is pretty common in Japanese gear, and is a type of pine. Actually, having seen only the wood, knowing naught about the use, I'd have said "pine".
     
  7. parttimeluthier

    parttimeluthier

    May 7, 2005
    Yea, I'd have to agree. When i saw the pic. even before I scrolled down to your comment, I said to myself "that looks more like FIR to me more than it does Ash, Basswood or Alder!" Pine or some kind of Asian "Doug Fir" like wood for sure.
     
  8. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    I agree that it looks like pine, but that wasn't one of the choices. My initial thought was that it looked like 2x4. :)