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What kind of wod is this?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ironrat, Apr 12, 2009.


  1. ironrat

    ironrat

    Sep 24, 2008
  2. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Could be Ash, could be Obeche.

    What can you tell us about the bass?
     
  3. Stickk

    Stickk

    Sep 2, 2008
    Jambi
    Ash would be my guess.
     
  4. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    looks more like poplar to me, the tighter straighter grain lines as opposed to the wavy ash ones
     
  5. jordan_frerichs

    jordan_frerichs

    Jan 20, 2008
    Nebraska
    I want to say mahogany
     
  6. I'm guessing mahogany too, although I just saw a walnut bodied Fender Strat that looked a lot like mahogany but the studio owner corrected me telling me it was indeed walnut. The grain looked a lot like that also.
     
  7. MarkusBass

    MarkusBass Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    California Coast
    Graphic Designer: Lakland
    Ash. Some ash has wide, coarse grain, some as tight grain. I have one of each. They do look very different, but both ash.
     
  8. ironrat

    ironrat

    Sep 24, 2008
    The bass body is a Jay Turser (http://www.jayturser.com/jtb-400c.php).

    The site says:

    JTB-400C
    * Traditional style solid body
    * Maple set neck
    * Rosewood fingerboard
    * Split pick-up
    * Colors: Bk, TBK, TBL, TR, TS

    Nothing else.

    The wood feels solid, not concrete solid but not "hollow" either.
    I don't have a scale but compared to 2 5lbs dumbells it weight slightly less.

    The neck is a SX P Bass, maple with a rosewood fb and regular tuners.

    bridge Badass II



    poplar? but poplar have a natural green tint to it, or not?
     
  9. ironrat

    ironrat

    Sep 24, 2008
    btw:

    its just me or it looks like a 1 piece body?
     
  10. I would say ash too. I'm currently building a mahogany bodied bass (genuine honduras mahogany) and this body doesn't look like mahogany for sure. It's highly unlikely too for a jazz bass. The grain looks like ash too me.
     
  11. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    This is an open grain wood.


    The late wood is solid here.

    It appears to be one piece, but the tummy carve does not match the grain.

    White Ash is my belief of wood but I reserve the right to change to Black Ash.
     
  12. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    Looks like Alder to me.:)




    another example of alder with clear
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  13. vbasscustom

    vbasscustom

    Sep 8, 2008
    HA, i knew it.
     
  14. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Early wood is too open for Alder.


    $10 on either Black or White Ash :)
     
  15. ironrat

    ironrat

    Sep 24, 2008
    mikeyswood: if you look closely you can see that the tummy cut matches the rest of the grain.

    Ash? can that explain why the highs sound like a guitar?
     
  16. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    99% of the sound is from the strings and pups.

    When you can discriminate that last 1% you will be a sound engineer with such demand as to not be able to visit us here :)
     
  17. Funky-Wunky

    Funky-Wunky

    Jun 15, 2004
    Maryland
    Doesn't look anything like ash to me. Maybe alder.
     
  18. jordan_frerichs

    jordan_frerichs

    Jan 20, 2008
    Nebraska
    IT IS A JAY TURSER..... ASH IS EXPENSIVE. I don't think a budget brand would use ash for its bodies. I can't believe i forgot alder. Alder or mahogany
     
  19. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Have you priced Alder or Mahogany???

    Ash is considered junk lumber and is pennies on the board foot through lumber brokers.

    Even good ash (Sel&Btr) is $2 per board foot.

    My $10 bet still stands. Any takers?
     
  20. LedBelli Bass

    LedBelli Bass Fine, Handmade Custom Bass Guitars

    Dec 25, 2008
    Pasco, WA
    Basswood.
     

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