what wood is this ??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' 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. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    iT LOOKS like alder to me.
  3. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA
    Bubinga maybe? Almost looks like a Warwick Corvette.
  4. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    some guy told me in spanish (from the very little i know) he thinks it's made from brazilian oak, but it's too light to be oak.
  5. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Looks very nice. I´m almost sure it´s not bubinga, since it´s mostly imported in Argentina, and can´t be only $100.

    There are some local and regional woods (from Bolivia and Brazil for example) that are widely used in Argentina.
    If you tell me where you bought it (shop, brand) maybe I can find out the name.
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Looks like mahogany to me.
  7. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    Looks like alder o_0
  8. Mahogany or maybe Rosewood?
  9. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    hi man,

    i bought it on Rock Center in Buenos Aires, it's the local FAIM brand.
  10. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Nice Warwick copy...

    Id guess Alder. Looks too light to be mahogany?
  11. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Nah, to dark, and squirrelly grained, alder is lighter and usually has straighter grain. If that is alder it is an odd piece.
  12. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Ah true.
  13. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Very interesting... almost a picture perfect warwick corvette clone, aside from teh wood. I am a bit stumped. When you said too light to be brazilian oak do you mean in weight or in color?
  14. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    i meant light in weight.
    it's a very light but it's a really really hard wood.
  15. It looks like mahogany to me. It is not alder, that's for sure.
  16. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    another guess for mahogany.
  17. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Well, I`ve just phoned a luthier friend who worked for FAIM for 13 years.

    He told me that the wood used in those Warwick clones is called "Cerejeira" or "Bolivian Oak".

    It`s kinda yellow-greenish, quite light and resistant. They reach that tobacco color dying the wood.

    They use Mahogany for the neck and Guayavira (another regional wood) for the fretboard. He also compared the caractheristics of this wood, with some local Cedar.

    Hope it helps.
  18. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    thanks a lot man !! :)
  19. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    The expression we use here in Portugal would be "pau de cerejeira", some carpenters use it for furniture I think but its out of fashion ( the big trend now is WENGE furniture, such a waste of good neck wood :bawl: )
  20. Jazzguy

    Jazzguy Banned

    May 3, 2004