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Mahogany or Koa?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dluxe, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. Dluxe


    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I'm thinking this is Mahogany with a Mahogany neck. What is your opinion? It is a Carvin LB-75 from 1997.

  2. Looks like Koa to me. I own a Koa bodied Peavey, and the grain looks just like that. Carvin made that model in Koa, so that's my guess.
  3. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Almost certainly Koa.
  4. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    It could be either IMO.

    Here's the back of a bass of mine, which is mahogany (body and neck are two different varieties). The top (not pictured) is koa.

  5. Dluxe


    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    The flash does make it seem lighter in color. Here is another shot without the flash.

  6. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    I'm going with mahogany.
  7. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Yeah, my leaning is hog too.
  8. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Koa. Almost sure.
  9. jordak


    Apr 7, 2011
    Queens, NY
    can you shoot a close up of the grain?
  10. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    I'm leaning towards Mahogany w/ some nice ribbon-like grain in the piece used on the treble side of the neck.
  11. bootsox


    Apr 28, 2012
    Biloxi, MS
    That's mahogany. It's missing some of the figuring Koa normally has
  12. jordak


    Apr 7, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I think so too, but there is sometimes very plain looking koa. Since a few people had some very strong statements that it's koa, I might like to look closely at the pores of the wood. (Koa usually has smaller pores).
  13. exmaxima1


    Jan 27, 2009
    Geneva IL
    I used to own a koa Carvin bass and the wood looked just like that. Also, AFAIK the standard wood was maple neck with poplar body, while the optional wood was koa---never saw a mahogany option on the pricelist.
  14. Dluxe


    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Here are a couple more shots. I may try tomorrow during the daylight and see if I can get any better ones.


  15. Gabriel51


    Sep 30, 2008
    This is 100% all KOA with just a little bit of black Walnut in the clear stain.

  16. slap2much

    slap2much Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2004
    I vote koa also, my Alembic Spoiler has the same look. Not veneer-worthy flame/figuring but you can still see spots of almost iridescence -- I think that's a characteristic of koa but not mahogany.
  17. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    It looks like mahogany to me.
    How much does the bass weigh? I believe koa is a lot heaver then mahogany.
  18. It's a close call,but I vote Koa[​IMG]
  19. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Me too. I remember Carvin offering koa as an option for a very long time, and most of what I saw was not particularly figured.
  20. superbee66


    Jul 13, 2010
    I have no idea what carvin offered for wood options. That looks like mahogany to me. I've never seen Koa look like that.

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