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What Body Wood Is This?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by DAKnox, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. DAKnox

    DAKnox Tele-Meister

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    I'm looking at a mid 90s Japanese made 62 RI. My research suggests basswood, but I've read it has no grain and this looks to have some decent grain to me. I'd just like to be sure of what I'm (potentially) buying!

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  2. Sollipsist

    Sollipsist Tele-Holic

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    I'm no expert at woodspotting, but that does not look like basswood. I'd guess alder or possibly ash. Do you have a weight? That might help narrow it down.
     

  3. DAKnox

    DAKnox Tele-Meister

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    I don't have a weight but I could ask for it. Not that I'm averse to basswood as I don't know enough about it. I'd just like to know what it is for sure so I can make a decision on it.
     

  4. mefgames

    mefgames Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

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    That could very well be alder. Do you have any pics of the back ?
     

  5. DAKnox

    DAKnox Tele-Meister

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    Just this one...
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  6. coloradojeff

    coloradojeff Tele-Holic

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    I agree. I'm going with Alder. Basswood and balsa are closely related. If you think of balsa, you'll remember its lack of grain. Basswood is rarely (never?) used with clear finishes.
     

  7. Speedy454

    Speedy454 Tele-Meister

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    By the lack of visible joints in the front or back, I'd guess it is a veneer on the front and back with a core of whatever they had access to. So it could be a basswood core or any one of the common lower end Asian woods.
    I'm no expert on 62 re issues, but did the 62 have exposed slugs in the neck pickup or are that a GFS bigmouth or a Fralin Bules Special?
     

  8. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

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    Agathis.
     
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  9. DAKnox

    DAKnox Tele-Meister

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    Well spotted! Fralin Blues Special.
     

  10. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    alder...

    rk
     
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  11. DAKnox

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    Alder seems to be the best bet overall then? Just for my own education - basswood would have no grain at all or just different grain or not as much grain as this? Excuse my lack of knowledge!
     

  12. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I’ve got an uncovered Frailin Blues Special in the neck of one of my teles too. Wonderfully unique, almost strat-like warble capabilities but with tele personality (if that makes sense?). Not sure I’d want it as my only tele but I have another with Twang King bridge and True Velvet neck pickups as my “classic” sounding tele and then my 50’s Road Worn with Tex Mex pups to cover the other end of that spectrum. Vive la différence!
     
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  13. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I think it’s swamp ash.

    (Just to be contrarian...;) )
     
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  14. Wrighty

    Wrighty Tele-Holic

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    The ash on both my (butterscotch blonde) American Standard Strat and Pro Tele has a much wider and more pronounced grain than the pic. Indicates.
     
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  15. savofenno

    savofenno Tele-Afflicted

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    Alder. Fender Japan uses alder quite much in over 80000 Yen models. And it looks like it.
     

  16. savofenno

    savofenno Tele-Afflicted

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    But isn`t swamp ash too swampy and permanently wet to be used as guitar bodywood?
     

  17. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

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    Alder is usually on those MIJ sunbursts.
    Probably a seam between the bridge and control plate.
     

  18. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity

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    Here’s my MIJ alder three piece body of unknown year, a TLE62 IIRC.

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  19. LGOberean

    LGOberean Poster Extraordinaire

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    Swamp ash makes a great body wood. My Logan Custom BSB has a Swamp ash body...

    My Logan Custom BSB, body - 1.jpg

    As for Alder, my Logan Custom "Logo" thinline has 3/8" Alder veneers top & back. The wood grains are less pronounced...

    Logan Custom 'Logo' Thinline, 2009 Prototype - 2.jpg
     

  20. naneek

    naneek Tele-Meister

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    Looks like alder to me as well, and a very nice burst.

    sorry to distract from the topic, but how do you like the twang king? I also have a true velvet neck pickup and love it. I was a little worried that the voicing of the twang king might be too 'exaggerated'?
     
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