plastic or wood?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by king_truffle, Nov 29, 2001.

  1. king_truffle


    Apr 4, 2001
    Oshkosh WI
    So I was home for t'giving and my dad started talking to me about my bass and somehow he thought that the body was made of plastic. Now I realized that I had just assumed it was wood but now I'm not sure. I've got a Fender MIM jazz bass, is it wood or plastic? Thanks gang.
  2. A useful place to check would be the Fender web site, where they specifically state that the body of a Standard Jazz (aka MIM Jazz) is poplar. Now unless someone went and redefined the word poplar, I would say its wood.

    On the other hand, wood, at a high enough temperature, will become plastic. :D

  3. bertbassplayer

    bertbassplayer Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2000
    Carlsbad, NM
    Yea, its made from wood.... not high quality, and they coat it with layers and layers of laquer (which is probobly why your father thought it was plastic)... but it is wood. The only basses I know that are not wood are the Corts and the Ibanez Ergodynes.
  4. stevekim


    Feb 11, 2000
    los angeles, ca
    the ampeg dan armstrongs are made out of lucite.
  5. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    I believe the correct answer is:

    "Well Dad, if you think I should have an all-wood bass, then there's this guy [insert high-end luthier here (just not Modulus or Zon, they have "plastic" necks! :))] you should call, here's his number. But I don't need your old-fashioned 'wood' stuff! I can do anything with a plastic bass! Come on, don't buy me that new one! Aww, man!"

  6. Old Steinbergers have 100% graphite bodies and necks, don't they?
  7. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    It was carbon fiber, plastic, or some other material. It was NOT graphite.
  8. Carbon Fiber = Graphite.

    For example: Modulus graphite necks. The slogan? The Power Of Carbon Fiber
  9. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Yeah, carbon fibre is fibres of carbon (hence the name), and what kind of carbon, graphite, which is a fairly heavily "compressed" form of carbon, created by high pressures acting on elemental carbon. Too bad I couldn't figure out a way to cheaply compress graphite to diamond.

  10. That's not too bad, I've come across people who thought guitar strings were made of actual string, and one kid even said this to me when I had my bass at school:
    "Chris I believe guitars have FIVE strings":rolleyes: :p
  11. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    My Zon has a plastic neck. Darn cheap thing warped when I left it out in the sun.