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what wood is this ?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Asaf, May 16, 2004.

  1. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    Hi, i bought this bass a year ago in a small shop in Argentina for 100 $. made some modification to it (sanded the bad finish and refinished it, replaced pickups and bridge) and it really sounds nice now.

    i was wondering if you can identify this wood (i think the origin is brazil)?

    here are some pics.
  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    Looks like either spanish cedar or some mahogany or mahogany-esque wood. There are a ton of woods in the Brazil/S.A. region that probably never make it to the US marketplace and are practically undifferentiable from mahogany and cedar.

    I'd call it mahogany unless it smelled like spanish cedar when you sanded it.

    Pretty nice looking Warwick knock-off for $100.
  3. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    :D yeah, it has the dominique di piazza sound...

    thanks man !!
  4. Jazzguy

    Jazzguy Banned

    May 3, 2004
  5. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    some argentinian dude helped me...but thanks anyway ! :)
  6. Rapscallion2112


    Apr 21, 2004
  7. I really don't think that that is mahogany. The visible distinct growth lines are what lead me to think this. Mahogany usually has a more red-orange color than that as well. Mahogany is a very porous wood, even more porous than that is. Or it could just be the picture. Having said all that, I have no idea what it is.
  8. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    There are lots of different kinds of mahogany, and even more woods that trade as some kind of mahogany (even though they are not swietenia - like khaya and phillipine). It does look more like spanish cedar than mahogany, but many lighter colored pieces of mahogany do have visible variegation. Anyway, we can all stop guessing here - the question has been answered above - it's a south/central american wood "Cerejeira" that rarely (I've never seen it) makes it to lumber racks in the states.
  9. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    I´ve just discovered that one of my basses is made of the same wood mentioned in this thread. Just wanted to share a couple of pics.
  10. parttimeluthier


    May 7, 2005
    I really like that bass and was wondering who made it. It reminds me of my style of bass building. Very earthy and "organic" looking, I like the natural oiled finish and the simple controls. I also like the vintage type bridge on it.
    With all the instruments out there with flamed/spalted/quilted tops
    , multiple strip necks, gold hardware, inlays on top of inlays etc. sometimes it's nice to see a bass with a less gaudy, natural look and feel.
  11. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    It´s made by a local luthier named Javier Lopez.
    You can check his web site
  12. Maybe is Guatambu, is a local wood
  13. Are you THAT bored?:atoz:
  14. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Holy resurrection !
  15. I demand the original pictures :)
  16. since there is already this thread, ill post my pictures so you guys can help me identify this fretboard wood. Look really nice and feels good in my fingers, but I forgot to ask luthier what wood it is.

    Here are the picts:




    Thanks for the help
  17. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    That would be wenge :)
  18. i agree with scott, wenge, pronounced (wing-ay), looks damn sexy too
  19. wow, I have always pronounce it like range but with a W instead of the R
  20. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    I always said wing-ay, but Chris Stambaugh says wen-gee so now I have no idea.