Well ... I mean ... "DUH" .. it's not hard maple. I get that. But sometimes it seems like there are names for wood that don't actually reflect what it really is. I was thinking it might be really like Basswood or something but the bass company used "soft maple" in the description to avoid the stigma of whatever the wood really might be. It's a Squier Vintage Modified Jazz bass in natural finish. http://www.fender.com/products/search.php?partno=0326702521 Thank you.