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Can somebody identify this wood?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Geroi Asfalta, Jan 5, 2012.


  1. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
    I might be posting this in the wrong section....I don't know if this should go in Luthier's forum or in hardware/setup/repair forum.

    I'm about halfway done with my first refinish on a cheap knockoff P. I stripped all the paint and lacquer off the body. It had a thin maple veneer on it, but it was greyish-black around the edges ( i thought it was paint that had soaked into the wood). I began scraping off the veneer (and almost lost a finger in the process) and realised that this trippy contrasting coloured wood was underneath.

    I initially wanted the bass to be solid blue, but after seeing this really awesome looking wood, I think I may go for a translucent blue finish instead, maybe a bit of a burst design going on as well.....can somebody identify this wood, and possibly give me a few tips for finishing it?

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    Thanks!

    -Richard
     
  2. No idea, but I like it.
     
  3. Looks sort of like Black Limba, though I'd doubt it on a cheap P bass copy.

    Trans blue sounds awful, but a nice "avocado" sunburst has been known to look great on woods with similar appearances.
     
  4. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011

    This bass is kinda old....it's a Memphis (post lawsuit headstock). I don't know how old that makes it, but my guess is at least 15-20 years....it was in horrible shape when I got it (bent neck, hole in pickguard, rusted pots, pickups not connected to anything, no output, etc.....)

    Could the fact that it's not extremely new mean it's a decent wood?
     
  5. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
    I was playing around in photoshop, and yes, it does seem the blue would look like crap.....so I'm stuck between green and a clear finish....
     
  6. Beej

    Beej

    Feb 10, 2007
    Victoria, BC
    Looks like water stains / spalting to me, but its hard to tell from the photograph...
     
  7. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    looks like mineral stained poplar to me
     
  8. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Looks cool go clear
     
  9. joinercape

    joinercape Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    I agree...
     
  10. I agree, it looks like a blotchy, crappy stain job somebody tried, but it looks really freakin' cool now. I'd go clear.
     
  11. Clear.
     
  12. +1.... I work with alot of pop... is it soft and dent easy?
     
  13. Gone

    Gone

    Mar 21, 2006
    Cape Town
    Jayda custom basses, builder
    Black - clear burst, matte finish?
     
  14. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Tabacco burst?
     
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    sorry, I couldn't resist.
     
  16. Matthijs

    Matthijs

    Jul 3, 2006
    Amsterdam
    This ! But with a high gloss
     
  17. Bear_Bass

    Bear_Bass

    Dec 28, 2011
    dont finish it!!!
     
  18. miziomix

    miziomix Über on my mind Commercial User

    Sep 28, 2009
    Milan, Kuala Lumpur, Paris.
    Bass builder @ MüB.
    high gloss - clearly ;)
     
  19. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    Does the front look that nice?
     
  20. [​IMG]:hyper:
     

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