Is this Ash or Alder

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by joey_g_funk, Jul 8, 2005.

  1. Looking for some help in ID'ing the wood in this 1972 Fender Jazz Bass.

    I always thought it was alder, but after looking at some different pics online of various alder and ash basses, I'm not so sure now. I bought it used, by the way.

    Can anybody ID this wood? No guesses, please.

  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    That loos very much like alder to me. Ash generally has a more porous look to it. If I look at the back of my Conklin, you can easily see the "open" pores in the grain. These fine grain lines are characteristic of alder.

  3. I agree, that looks a lot like my gloss natural alder/maple 70s precision... through the sunburst finish
  4. I'd have to say by the tamely(word?) grain pattern, that it is alder.

    So, I'd say Alder, unless it's basswood, which it looks more like basswood than the other two, but I'm most likely wrong.

  5. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Basswood is much more plain. It does not have quite the grain definition as alder, as this piece appears to be.
  6. primus_55


    Dec 28, 2004
    Id say thats alder too.
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  8. Thanks guys.. that's what I though it was...