Help identifying wood.

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  1. Strato50

    Strato50 Tele-Afflicted

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    Got this from a fellow member. We think it’s ash. I can’t tell for sure. But what a killer Tele. These Duncan 59s sounds fantastic. It’s got an All Parts TRO Fat on it. Just screams. Anyway need a wood expert on it. Looks like a two piece body and weighs about 6 1/2 lbs.
     

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    Looks like ash. Knotty ash.
     
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    It’s got a thin finish on it. Like an oil of some sort. How did they get the grain filled so good? I can never get ash to cooperate. Lol
     
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    I don’t think it’s ash
     
  5. G.Rotten

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    At that weight it's likely pine. The smooth grain also makes me think it's pine or at least not ash.

    Even swamp ash would weight more.
     
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    not sure, my guess would be alder.
     
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    It certainly could be. I have an Alder Strat that is probably around that weight. Most alder would tend to be a little heavier.
     
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    Well I was way off on the weight it’s 8.0lbs on the money. I was going by feel of my alder Tele. They feel the same on the shoulder. But this is two lbs heavier. So I do think it’s ash. Sorry for the mix up.
     
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    Then it's right in the ball park for Alder. Fender says the average Alder body Tele weight is just over 7.5 pounds. With 2 HBs you'd be a touch heavier than that.

    I'm still pretty sure it's not Ash, but wood being wood examples can always be at either extreme end both weight & grain wise.
     
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    Oh, when you stated 6 1/2 lbs I thought you were referring to the body. My telecaster custom, weighed at least 8 lbs, and it was alder.
     
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    It usually difficult, sometimes darn near impossible to tell for sure what any type of wood is from a photo.

    But, you've got some pretty good photos from different angles on this piece.

    It looks like alder to me.


    edit: Oops - I just saw the part where you're looking for a "wood expert". I've worked with different types of wood all my life (retired union carpenter), but I don't consider myself as a "wood expert". I'm just an expert at putting wood together :).
     
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    I'll bet it does sound good :).

    I've got a similar Tele that I put together with SH-55's and a hefty neck - good sounds!
     
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    What, no "Yep, it's wood" meme yet? You guys are getting soft...
     
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    I was almost going to guess yellow pine....
     
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    I kinda of thought pine as well. It’s hard to say. It’s a good sounding Tele. Those 59s sing. Very clear and articulate for buckers. The bridge with the volume rolled back will twang like a single coil. The neck will to. This is a good giving guitar. Can cover a lot of tones.
     
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    I'm thinking alder, I don't see enough long big grain for ash. But the knot is unusual in alder guitar bodies. Although there are a few in alder in general. Here's an alder body with just a thin coat on it to compare color:
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    I'm going with alder. Alder and SYP can overlap in density, which could put them in the same weight range.

    Depending on which photo you look at, it looks like two different guitars. The bout end grain is what made me think pine, but the more I look at the top and back, I'm thinking alder.
     
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    +1 Alder.
     
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    If it sounds good and the weight is comfortable it doesn't matter - unless you're tryin to sell it and the buyer HAS to know. In that case take it to a hardwood seller and ask them to ID it.

    If could be alder, pine or ash; if ash the grain is very plain. But an expert can open the control cavity, take some scrapings and look at them under a microscope. Everyone here is just guessing.
     
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    I learned everything I know about wood identification from watching CSI programs. Follow it around for a couple of days....pickup any cigarette butts or coffee cups it leaves behind. Collect them in a ziplock bag and send it to forensics. Wait several months (several minutes if you're on TV) for a DNA test to confirm wood type. Then confront the guitar with the evidence. Tell the guitar you've got an "open and shut case" (pun intended for dramatic effect) while removing your sunglasses with a confident and swift movement.
     
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