Is this Alder or Basswood or ??

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  1. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
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  2. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    What is the name on the headstock? What else can you tell us about the bass?
     
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  3. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    It's a Fender 98-2000 MIJ 62 Reissue that I just oredered!
     
  4. Katthestar

    Katthestar

    Aug 4, 2017
    I’d say alder, since that’s what the Fender basses are most often made of. I did Google the model and the listings I found describe the body as alder.
     
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  5. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    Now that the suspect has been identified, I would say alder, too. But my alder bass bodies do not show so much grain.
     
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  6. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Yes Sir, that's why I'm wanting to know. .
     
  7. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    My bad, it's a 1999-2002...
     
  8. Mvilmany

    Mvilmany

    Mar 13, 2013
    Upstate NY
    My 1986 MIJ Precision is made Of basswood.
     
  9. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Does it look like this one with grain?
     
  10. This is one time when weighing the bass can give you the answer. If it's normal weight for a Jazz Bass (8 pounds plus) it's most likely alder. If it's feather light by comparison it's possibly basswood or even poplar. The grain looks like it could be alder and these basses were usually made out of it. Not 100% positive of the numbers, but a fairly accurate guess, hope it helps.
     
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  11. Wisebass

    Wisebass

    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi Kukulkan61 :)

    Hard to tell! Just with these pics looking at the grain it can be alder but also maple!

    No idea if they ever used soft maple on these models?

    The fisherman in me… :D More than 10 lbs is a big fish! :laugh:

    5 kilo bass.jpg

    greetings

    Wise(b)ass
     
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  12. Leonid Nidis

    Leonid Nidis

    Jan 1, 2018
    unless there are letters "US" in the model name its most likely baswood and its not a problem and doesnt make the bass infirior IMO.
     
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  13. Ostie

    Ostie

    Aug 1, 2018
    Mid MI
    Looks like alder to me. Too much grain for basswood.
     
  14. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    It suppose to weigh 4.10 kg which is around 9 lbs. probably alder..
    Thank you Sir
     
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  15. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Crafted in Japan 99-2002 Fender 62 reissue p bass..
     
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  16. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Thank you all for your input, I will have the bass sometime next week, I’ll know for sure, I don’t mind 9lbs. It’s the 11 and up that can be heavy to me..
     
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  17. BobKos

    BobKos Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    I've never seen a natural / burst basswood instrument. I'm sure they're out there, but I don't recall seeing it. IME basswood instruments are painted solid colors. I would say this bass is alder, although it does have more definition than most alder bodies I have seen. I say it is an exceptional piece of alder. I hope it sounds as good as it looks. Enjoy!
     
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  18. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Thank you
     
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  19. I don't recall Fender making bass bodies out of maple. It'd make a T-40 feel like a Hofner by comparison. The most common woods used were alder for solid colors and ash for transparent/natural finishes. This could be ash but most likely it's alder. A beautiful piece of wood and a nice bass regardless.
     
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  20. Wisebass

    Wisebass

    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi jamro217 :)

    Neither do I. :) Just wanted to be sure.

    The grain looks a little too "calm" to be ash (but I' ve seen pieces like that) and a bit too much for alder. :D

    I am pretty sure that this is neither basswood nor poplar.

    greetings


    Wise(b)ass
     
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