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Tele Body: Ash Yay! But Neck: Basswood?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by briansuicide, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. briansuicide

    briansuicide TDPRI Member

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    I know all the conversations of Ash vs Alder

    I also know the conversations of Basswood: Its garbage vs Its fine

    But man I was kinda thrown off seeing an Ash body with a Basswood neck lol

    I'm currently looking at two teles

    One Ash body with a maple neck and rosewood fretboard. Plenty of those, we've all seen those

    but the 2nd one really has my head scratching with a Ash body and a Basswood neck with rosewood fretboard

    Now I know it will all come down between my fingers and my gear, that no one ingredient makes the entire sound...

    But i never saw a Ash body and Basswood neck lol I usually see its all Basswood if its Basswood

    Really on the fence between Ash Body/Maple Neck and this Ash Body/Basswood neck, just the combo of Ash and Basswood seems, I guess the word is unique?

    Please tell me it all means nothing 'cause I really like the Ash/Basswood look lol but if anyone wants to throw in a "Oh hell no, you cant have a basswood neck on a Ash body!" because the other Tele of Ash/Maple is pretty damn good looking too

    I know, this is on of the worst Wood Tele convo/questions ever, but I figured "Let's see what the crowd!" lol

    Thank you for your thoughts and opinions, I know these wood conversation get both crazy and a touch tired, but I couldn't help myself
     
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    Its just Ash and Basswood seem so opposite to work together, but then again, I'm sure I got it all wrong and its totally fine

    I guess the bigger question as both Teles have a Ash body, maple neck vs basswood neck. I guess if maple and basswood are similar then this has all been for nothing and I'm seriously overthinking this lol
     
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    I guess I'll go search maple v basswood and come back later to compare notes.
     
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    Yeah looks like Maple necks and Basswood are totally different.
     
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    That must be either mistyped or misread, no?

    I could not imagine a bolt on neck with the threads anchored IN basswoood.
     
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    I better hit up the seller and ask this question.
     
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    basswood is too soft and isn't likely even usable as neck material so probably a mistake in specs.
     
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    Basswood, is a tougher version of balsa wood iirc, so I would doubt very much that the neck is made from it. A body definitely, but not a neck.
     
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    So who made this supposedly basswood neck?
     
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    Basswood is a decent wood for a painted body, but it’s one of many woods that are too flexible for use as a neck. I use it in wood turning and a piece as thin as a guitar neck would be fairly easy to snap. Gotta be a typo.
     
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    You never saw the guitar, just got a description and pics?
    Fender?
    Fender has not made basswood necks, might be a seller mistake.
    It could be done, I wouldn’t want one though.
     
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    GJ2 Arete had a model with basswood neck. Never played one, but it’s possible.

    Seemed weird when I saw that, but Grover Jackson seems to know a thing or two about guitar design.
     
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    I had to look that one up...

    Interesting...with a rosewood or ebony fretboard (depending on series) plus a truss rod for strength.

    “As with the Four-Star, the construction sees a solid sandwich of three strips of the tonewood run from the tip of the headstock to the strap pin, giving a through-neck that's flanked by solid wings.”

    So not a bolt on, and cross graining the 3 plies adds some strength and stability, too. Smart.

    He must really love basswood as a tonewood.
     
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    No I indeed did see it and thus the dilemma lol
     
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    Yeah I wrote them to see if this was a mistake.

    It has a rosewood fretboard on top

    But yeah I'm hoping its a typo, if not, I have a great ash body maple neck with rosewood fret that's neck to neck with it.

    Something just seemed off, never saw a ash body with basswood neck before, you know?

    Hoping to hear back from them soon
     
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    Even if you Google basswood neck the hits are all basswood body with other neck. Too soft. Good as an available alternative for bodies.
     
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    I've never seen a basswood neck. Had an old Kay Vanguard with a poplar neck once.
     
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    Oh, nice catch! Forgot about neck-through design. Wonder if it moves less than solid maple or something.

    Weight/ tone aside, it would suck to drop a slide on it or whatever and dent a $3,500 axe. Yikes.
     
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    On the Janka Hardness scale, Basswood ranks in at 410. Compare that to Maple, which comes in at 1450. (Balsa Wood is 300)
    Comparatively, Basswood seems a little too soft for a guitar neck.
     
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    Somethings not right. Basswood would be to soft for neck wood.
     
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