Can Anyone Identify Body Wood?

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  1. Moose Lewis

    Moose Lewis Well-Known Member

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    This is a Jackson/Charvel body I'm looking at. I've got a Stealth EX on the way (22 fret neck), and want an ash; alder; or maple body for it.

    Can anyone tell what kind of wood this is?
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    Thanks! :)
     
  2. thrawn86

    thrawn86 Well-Known Member

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    JcmJmp or Buggs will know. What Jackson/Charvel model is it, do you know?
     
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    I would guess basswood. The body in the photo is not ash and does not appear to be maple. Could be Alder, but if is from Japan could easily be basswood.
     
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    My suggestion is to cross reference the model/year with Jackson specs. They are usually easy enough to research.
     
  5. Blacque Jacque

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    It's almost certainly basswood. It was used for pretty much all Non US Charvels & Jacksons from the late 80's through the 90's & beyond. I think they only started using alder & ash again sometime after the Fender buyout.
     
  6. eljeffebrown

    eljeffebrown New Member

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    Your cam has put a reddish hue on everything so it kinda looks like mahogany which I know it's not. here check this out....do any of these look like that wood?

    ASH
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    ALDER
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    MAPLE
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    BASSWOOD
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    Lespaulnmarshall Well-Known Member

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    Maybe my computer screen or my eyes are just crappy but it looks like Basswood to me.
     
  8. Lane Sparber

    Lane Sparber Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I could post various pics of "body wood" to identify, but I'd get banned! :naughty::naughty::naughty:

    -Lane
     
  9. V-man

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    I don't know charvels at all and have selective Jackson history, but there are gaps in that statement at best. My 1990 MIJ RR had alder and poplar and that extended past 1993.
     
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    thats gross dude and you know it.
     
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  12. Lane Sparber

    Lane Sparber Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    :cheers:

    -Lane
     
  13. Blacque Jacque

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    Gaps - Yes I should clarify;

    Bolt on's were pretty much all basswood, anything neck through would have been alder, poplar, mahogany etc.

    That's not to say there aren't bolt on's made from the other woods, just that the vast majority (probably >99%) were basswood.
     
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    It looks like basswood to me. Basswood would sound very similar to Alder. Ash would be brighter, and Maple would be even brighter still. I had a Maple guitar body made for me. I was young and thought the heavy weight would mean a big sound. Besides weighing a ton, it took years to sound good.
     
  15. Lespaulnmarshall

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    Yeah in general light wood sounds better. And Maple is way too bright!
     
  16. Moose Lewis

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    :cheers: Thanks guys. The pics were downloaded. The seller doesn't know the model. I Googled models and woods before posting, but in the past month of searching Jacksons I did not come across the catalog reference V-man provided above (thanks - I can see I'll spend some time enjoying that); which was a real 'doh' moment for me. Usually the first place I look for a reference is the support section of a manufacturer, but did not think to on this. It appears to be a Soloist or Standard - either way, that makes it a 24 fret guitar and won't work for my project.

    I'm trying to find an ash (swamp or northern preferred) or alder body I can replace the basswood body on the Jackson Stealth EX I have coming (a friend is giving it to me... nice, eh?). If anyone has any suggestions where I might get one to fit - I'm all ears. The Stealth has a 22 fret, 25.5" scale neck.

    I may be pissin' in the wind here over a guitar that is what it is, but I figured if anyone knew - one of you guys would.

    Thanks again! :headbanger:

    BTW: I posted this right before crashing at night, and was not sharp-witted enough to realize how twisted the title might be perceived. [​IMG]
     
  17. IbanezMark

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    Basswood, most likely
     
  18. blues_n_cues

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    the rr's were alder center w/ poplar wings.
    jackson strats were basswood.
     
  19. TwinACStacks

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    :) It appears to be Alder. Judging from the Neck pocket there is a reddish Hue with the tight grain. Basswood has wider looser grain. Check it against the Alder pic you posted see the Grain in the pocket? Ash is White and Basswood and Poplar have a greenish tint.

    :):) TWIN
     
  20. jcmjmp

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    That looks like Alder to me.
     
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