Wood Identification Help!

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  1. GeminiCG

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    Hey everyone!

    So on a few threads I've been a part of I have mentioned how I just purchased three strat bodies that need repaired and refinished. Well, I got around %85 of the paint off on one and I can't tell what wood it is. I think it may be either Alder or Basswood, my dad thinks it is Poplar. So I now come to you all asking for help :D It is a 3 piece body, was painted a hideous pale yellow, the sealer is a pain in the butt to get off.

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    Aw, yeah. That's definitely wood. I'm certain.
     
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    I'd call that Alder. But I couldn't rule out basswood or poplar either because I'm not as familiar with those. But of those three I say Alder.
     
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    Well look at that, it sure is:lol: I had a feeling there was going to be someone like that :rolleyes:
     
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    My thoughts too. The reason why I am asking is because I am going to refinish this in Fiesta Red, but I need to know if I am going to have to fill the grain before the sealer.
     
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    basswood has very little grain. It's definitely not basswood.

    Poplar has (IMHO) a different grain pattern. This looks like alder to me.

    Regardless of what wood it is, I would always put grain filler on it anyways.
     
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    To be honest, my family says the grain on that is really nice and I should stain it, but it has too many spots where the previous owner had to use epoxy or bondo to fill up holes.
     
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    I am less familiar with basswood, but I don't think its poplar. I'll guess alder.
     
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    I've used quite a bit of alder, and I have some experience with basswood as well. I'd definitely call that alder.
     
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    Thanks Rodger. Would you recommend grain filling or should I just straight to sealing the wood?
     
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    alder
     
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    Looks like alder to me.

    Sanding sealer...two or three coats, sanded between. You could also seal it with shellac; two or three coats with sanding between each.
     
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    It could be sen, am Asian wood similar to ash in appearance. Could also be Agathis which can look like than. It's already sealed and buffed I would say. Staining may not be that successful.
     
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    Very similar to alder, but mine has much less wide grain than yours.

    Poplar USUALLY has some heartwood, which tends to be green, which that is not.

    That Asian Sen mentioned above is a good guess, too.

    Strat is alder, Tele is poplar. 20190713_195137.jpg 20180622_174229.jpg

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    I'd say alder if it has a pinkish salmon hue. Poplar has a greenish yellowish hue. Basswood is pretty creamy white.
     
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    It is no longer sealed. I sanded straight down to wood because it was already painted at one point. I plan on refinishing it a solid color, more than likely Fiesta Red.
     
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    Another guess of alder here. The grain looks too pronounced to be either poplar or basswood.

    But, you should be able to see if the grain needs filling regardless of what the wood is. My thought is that if you are unsure then it is inlikely to need it. If it was me I would just give it two or three coats of sanding sealer and rub that down, and you should be good to go with your colour.
     
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    I also vote alder, no grain filler needed.
     
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    Of the three you mention...alder. Neither basswood or tulip poplar look like that. Alder, on the other hand, mimics cherry to some extent and that's the look I see in your photo.
     
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    Thanks everyone. I think the overall consensus is Alder, which was my initial thought. Hopefully soon I can get a thread up and going about my progress. I'm terrible about documenting everything.
     
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