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My SR5 is made of What?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Piedro, May 7, 2006.

  1. Piedro


    Jan 23, 2001
    Montréal, Qc, Canada
    Endorsing Aguilar Amp product.
    Hi guys, just wanted to know, i was to a party with a lot of musicians last night and we talked about wood ( what a party! lol ) no seriously. And i didn't know in what my SR5's body was made of..

    I was sure it was maple... but now that a know more about wood and lutherie, when i was telling to the guys that it was in maple i wasn't sure..

    so my bass is 2001, Sr5 with Piezo, Burnt Apple Finish ( with Sparkle ) so we don't see the wood, Maple neck RoseWood board.
    Is it ash? of alder? cause my bass weight like hell.. so


    What do you think?
  2. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.
    I know they use ash for transparent finishes for the grain.
    But they use basswood, alder or ash for the solid colors.

    So you never know which your getting.

    I believe it says this right on their site as well.
  3. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    What I understand is that almost all of them are Ash at this point.
  4. KSDbass


    Mar 25, 2005
    this is probably a stupid question, but is that a pickup selector?
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I think most Stingrays are ash. Bongos are basswood.
  6. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.

    Ahh, so there you have it!!
  7. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Id bet my house that it's ash.
  8. syciprider

    syciprider Banned

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    I have nothing to contribute but to say Burnt Apple is a gorgeous color!
  9. SherpaKahn


    Dec 1, 2005
    Bronx, NYC
    If it's wicked heavy, it's probably Northern Hard Ash, if it's relatively light (and I'm only speaking about the body), I think it could be Southern Swamp Ash. Swamp Ash varies in weight, with the "lighter bodies [being] the most sought after" (http://edenhaus.com/woods.htm). I know at least that my Ibanez Musician is made of hard ash with a maple neck, and it weighs exactly ten pounds. Heavy thing, it is. Sounds lovely, but heavy.
  10. dirkjonker


    Nov 3, 2005
    Stupid questions don't exist, only stupid people... ;) It's a coil selector, you can choose serial, single or parallel coils.

    And on-topic:
    I believe they use mostly ash for stingray's, but they have also used alder and poplar for some of them. I don't know how they're painted, but maybe you can see the wood if you take the neck off.
  11. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    That's what i would do.

    My guess is well-the same as what the above people have said. I'm going to say it's more than likely Ash, but could be alder or poplar too. My Ray5 is from 2003 & is ash [but mine is also a see through burst].

    take it easy.
  12. Piedro


    Jan 23, 2001
    Montréal, Qc, Canada
    Endorsing Aguilar Amp product.
    thanks you guys.. i'll take of the neck to see the wood grain, great idea, and thanks for the constructive reply!

    How is Basswood body sound on the Bongo?
    is everybody ever A/B a Musicman with different wood?

  13. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    The basswood sounds great, since bongos do. EBMM A/B'd several prototypes when designing the bongo and chose the basswood as the ultimate winner.

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