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how can i tell what the body is made out of?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mike_odonovan, Apr 6, 2003.

  1. how can i tell what the body is made out of?thinking of buying a '93 MIJ jazz bass. worried it might be basswood and not stand up to my gigging abuse. anyway to tell if it is alder/poplar/basswood/agathus or whatever? anyone know for sure what they used in this era?
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    What do you do? I wouldn't think basswood would hold up any worse than other woods. I'd be more concerned with the tone.

    MIJs are usually ash or alder, if it helps you any.
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    well, if it floats then it must be made of witches.

    or very small rocks.
  4. LOL. Sorry, but I had too-- "Burn Her!!"

  5. As the sun sets

    As the sun sets Guest

    Dec 10, 2002
    N. Easton, MA
    Chop it in half, or take a bite out of it.

    If you cut it in half, you can count the rings and see how old it is, too.

    :p :bassist:
  6. you guys are being hilariously uninformative!
  7. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    I always find a place inside the bass, chop a chunk out of it.....then I pop that chunk into a pipe and smoke it.....I can always tell what the wood is by what I hallucinate after, for example, if the body is basswood, I see lots of flying black tuna, and if I see purple cats with wheels, I know its wenge.

    it works every time!
  8. Chuck M

    Chuck M Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    (with a stern expression on my face)

    Most of the solid color MIJ basses from the 1990's had basswood bidies. The fretless Jazz basses all had basswood bodies. If it is a MIJITSO '62, it is most likely alder. If it is a '75 RI it is ash.

  9. how do i know if it is mijitso or whatever?
    i am going to look at it tonight.:D
  10. If you get the serisla number of the bass, and go to the fender.com website, theres a link to their 'setup' pages (i forgot what its called!) and then go to the FAQ, there is a list of dates matching up the serial numbers. g'luck. :)

    'member to post pics!