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i cant tell if its carved or plywood???

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Kobaia, May 4, 2006.

  1. Kobaia


    Oct 29, 2005
    Denton TX
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amp Gruv Gear and Mono Cases
    :meh: i dont know how to tell the diffrence.


    its hamburg model but is it carved or ply wood?
  2. Marc Piane

    Marc Piane

    Jun 14, 2004
    I'm guessing plywood...

    ...but I'm sure someone more knowledgable than I will chime in.
  3. ToR-Tu-Ra


    Oct 15, 2005
    Mexico City
    I'd say plywood too...

    Love that can BTW :smug:
  4. anthem274


    Jul 19, 2003
    Arlington, TX
    It looks like a hybrid. You can see the distinct growth lines of the spruce in the second picture. The sides, though, look to be typical of plywood (you can see distinct layers).
  5. Kobaia


    Oct 29, 2005
    Denton TX
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amp Gruv Gear and Mono Cases
    thank you
  6. jmpiwonka


    Jun 11, 2002
    it looks laminated to me, that fingerboard looks pretty ok.
  7. glivanos

    glivanos Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Philadelphia Area
    I agree with anthem.

    Looks like a hybrid to me.

    Carved top and ply sides.

    I can't figure the back out though.
  8. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    Nah, I don't think it's a hybrid. If it were a hybrid, you would see the grain clearly in the edge of the top in the first photo. Also, I think the rounding of the table edge would also be more pronounced. The grain is also faint and indistinct when looking at the top. My Chrissy hybrid certainly doesn't look like that. Considering also that the FB is a not-so-great piece of ebony (or is that rosewood), chances are that this is a lam, IMO.
  9. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes! Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    Looks like a "German" ply.

    Haven't I seen that pic before with that can?
  10. anthem274


    Jul 19, 2003
    Arlington, TX
    There's a relief around the edge of the top. There are growth lines, visible from far distances or not. I still think it's a hybrid. The fingerboard does concern me, though.

    Oh well, it doesn't matter if it's a hybrid or a laminate. As long as it can pull a good sound, then you're well off.
  11. Marc Piane

    Marc Piane

    Jun 14, 2004
    Looks to me like you can almost make out the plys in the top in the 'from above' picture.

    I played a german ply bass exclusively for 12 years. It was a workhorse. I still use it for outdoor gigs.
  12. Just a thought

    See if you can get us an angled shot of the f holes you may be able to see if it's laminate from that angle
  13. jtlownds


    Oct 3, 2004
    LaBelle, FL
    Appears to be laminated with an ebonized fingerboard?
  14. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    Look at the edge of the F-holes- if it's plywood, you'll see at least three well-defined layers. If it's solid, you'll see a solid piece of wood with grain running through it, usually front to back.

    If the edges are painted, it's probably plywood.
  15. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    more pictures needed.
  16. If it's a Hamburg then it's a single layer pressure molded top and back, not sure of the sides. The finger board looks like lesser quality ebony, plays good, just not uniformly black. I had one for a while, the tops and backs are susceptible to cracks but if setup well their not as bad as you would think. To tell the truth it looks a lot like my old bass.
  17. Kobaia


    Oct 29, 2005
    Denton TX
    Endorsing Artist: Aguilar Amp Gruv Gear and Mono Cases
    how much do you think is a fair price. for it?

    i had it inspected, and they told me it's a solid carved spruce top, and a bookmatched back. with plywood sides and an ebony board. comes with the fishman pickup, gig bag, and quiver. 3/4
  18. dar512


    Mar 25, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I'm just a noob. But I always thought that ebony was black all the way through.
  19. jmpiwonka


    Jun 11, 2002
    nah, ebony usually has lighter grain in it too, like a dark chocolate color running througout...unless it's dyed.

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