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can someone test or tell me what kind of rosewood I have?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Andrew Jones, Feb 7, 2003.


  1. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    Hi

    I have a Pfretzschner plywood double bass Ive been told its from about ww2

    Its got a nice rosewood fingerbord on it but Ive been thinking about getting a ebony one.

    How can I tell what kind of rosewood it is Im sorta hoping its a piece of Brazillian thats been played on for 60 years Maby Ill have it made into a electric neck.

    How,who?

    AJ
     
  2. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    Ask over at mimf.com, post a pic if you can. They love to play 'guess the wood".
     
  3. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Euphonic Audio "Player"
    Brazilian rosewood is THE guitar tone-wood of choice. In my experience as a former guitar-salesman, former occasional builder and long-time hanger-on Indian is a mediocre substitute -- there are top-notch guitars built with Indian but they're few and far between. In contrast, it is a challenge to build a bad-sounding Brazilian rosewood guitar.

    You can probably find pics at Luthiers Mercantile, Inc. There's always something nice hanging around at www.gruhn.com and www.elderlyinstruments.com

    Brazilian rosewood was embargoed in 1969. For a while in the mid-80s it was available again, but at that point it was selling for about $200 for a two-piece back-and-sides guitar set and nobody was squandering it on DB fingerboards. Since the late 80s the CITES treaty has barred import of Brazilian rosewood and everything on the market (at ca. $600/set) is supposed to be old, cached stuff.

    What that means is that unless your bass is 35+ years old you've got an Indian board for sure. If it is 35+ years old and there's no sign that the board was off, it's probably Brazilian.

    My experience as a DB player is that replacing a rosewood board with a well-planed ebony board WILL improve the feel of your bass noticeably. Since much of what a piezo pickup "picks up" is the board, replacement will also improve the amplified sound noticeably, and (perhaps less noticeably) the acoustic sound as well. I have no idea whether that translates, dollar-for-dollar, into an increase in the value of the bass.
     
  4. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    Thanks Sam

    Thats pretty much my line of thought. I just figure short of a crime scene invetigator (I'm wathcing to much mid week tv) I thouhgt there might be a place I could send a little piece to to have it confirmed.

    Its nice strong as anything not particularly thick yet doesnt yeild (flex)at all in the upper positions.
    VERY stright tight grain parralel couple of milimeter wide black running next to the brown/red and reapeting over and over.

    I figure the ebony would make the bass speak alittle faster and britin up its dark niceplywood tone

    AJ
     
  5. olivier

    olivier

    Dec 17, 1999
    Paris, France
    Samuel wrote
    I have a hard time to understand, I thought it was the bridge !
     
  6. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Euphonic Audio "Player"
    What I meant was, most pickups "hear" strings-bridge-board but not much body. If your FB is setup to growl, your pickup will definitely notice.