NGD - Ltd 52 MIJ - basswood or ash?

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  1. munguito

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    Hello,

    I purchased a few days ago one of the 52 Teles from the limited 2013 Japanese model.

    As usual on the MIJ models the quality of construction is excellent. The weakest point is the bridge pickup, but neck pickup is very good and nice for mellow jazzy chords. The guitar is very comfortable and has a nice action.

    The only doubt I have is the wood of the body. This is a very light tele, and that makes me think that maybe the body is from basswood? The model is advertised as having an ash body, but this must be a very light species of ash!

    Maybe you can help me checking out a couple of pics:
     

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    munguito TDPRI Member

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    And the back! What do you think?
     

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    munguito TDPRI Member

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    I forgot: this is a two-piece body
     
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    raf Tele-Afflicted

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    I have no idea, but that is a beautiful telecaster!
     
  5. CyanideJunkie

    CyanideJunkie Tele-Holic

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    It's ash. Sen ash to be exact. Basswood is only found on the entry-level pieces with the STD suffix.
     
  6. Buffalo0993

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    I don't believe that's true. Basswood is pretty much what you can assume an mij guitar is made of most of the time I believe. Some times it's called Japanese alder. But that's really just basswood

    I know all the regular reissues are basswood
     
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    Looks exactly like my mij's ash body
     
  9. Chris H.

    Chris H. Tele-Afflicted

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    Not true, most of the double bound 62 style Tele's made from '84 til about the mid 90's were made of basswood, i have 2. This guitar is definitely ash though.
     
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    sonny wolf Friend of Leo's

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    That is ash.Basswood is nowhere as grainy.
     
  11. munguito

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    Thanks for your help and all the responses. The appearance is like ash but the weight is very light.

    My guess is that this is a local species similar to ash employed by fender Japan, probably sen ash.

    The important thing is that the acoustic sound of the guitar is very good!
     
  12. munguito

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    Another pic!
     

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    Well whatever it is, it's lovely! And maybe some of the young dudes like a guitar with "heft", but some of the old and arthritic fellows like me are VERY happy that we can find some nice tele slabs that weigh less than boat anchors ;-)

    HNGD! She is a beauty.
     
  14. Fernandomania

    Fernandomania Tele-Afflicted

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    Happy NGD. It looks fantastic. Does it sound as good as it looks?
     
  15. munguito

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    The sound is really good! It has lots of twang and sustain. I've had other solid body guitars that sounded dull unplugged but fortunately this is not the case.

    As I said before the weakest point is the sound of the bridge pickup, it sounds very thin. But that has an easy solution, I will install a Seymour Duncan or Nocaster pickup there.

    Another good point is that it is very easy to play. 10-46 strings feel like 9s on other fenders. I love MIJ Fenders!
     
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    Checked the pickup height?
     
  17. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Friend of Leo's

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    Like I stated before,it is ash.Ash is a wood that can vary quite a bit weight-wise....sometimes quite light and sometimes quite heavy and all points in between.I prefer lighter weight ones for sure for the comfort and the tone seems to resonate in a particular way compared to the heavier ones.
     
  18. Phildog

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    Buddy, that's a beautiful guitar! Looking at it, the wood closely resembles the Sen bodies. See pic...

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    Got that info from this link... (scroll down to the TL72-65)

    http://www.nymphusa.com/tele/fenderjapan_info.asp

    Don't be discouraged if you find it to be Sen. Sen is considered Japanese Ash, and a very good tonewood. It's deceptive because, like Ash, it can be light or heavy. It can also have a more open grain pattern like ash, but usually a little tighter.

    Either way, you've got yourself a winner. But it's definitely NOT Basswood.
     
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    If you live 1000 years and inspect dozens of teles daily you will never run across basswood that looks like that any more than you could mistake mahogany for ash. Basswood looks worlds different and never approaches that look no matter how much it varies. That is w/o a doubt ash, tho whether sen or not i can't say not being familiar with sen.
     
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