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help with wood ID

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

  1. Metal Mitch

    Metal Mitch

    Jul 14, 2003
    Hi all, need a bit of help confirming my guess. Is this plywood, or just router marks?

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  2. mwbonsall

    mwbonsall Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2000
    Casa Grande, Arizona
    Doesn't look like plywood to me.

  3. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    Doesn't look like plywood. Looks more like its just the natural grain of the wood.
  4. 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).

  5. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I doubt those stripes are router marks. They are too close together. It does appear to be some sort of laminated material.
  6. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars

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


    Jan 30, 2008
    St. Paul, MN
    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


    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    I don't think those are tool marks, and I think the lines are too irregular to be plywood.
  9. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Pics are too out of focus to be sure, but it just looks like wood grain to me.
  10. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    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

    Metal Mitch

    Jul 14, 2003
    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.