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rv_bass

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Body Wood ID
« on: July 12, 2017, 07:06:07 PM »
Would anyone happen to know what type of body wood this is?  At first I thought it was mahogany, but now I'm wondering if it is cherry.  Thanks - Rob


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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2017, 07:51:00 PM »
Looks like. Mahogany to me.
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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2017, 03:03:40 AM »
Might be cherry.

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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2017, 05:58:33 AM »
...or perhaps Mahogacherry!

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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2017, 06:32:52 AM »
Pics 5 and 6 look like the grain of cherry to me.

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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2017, 11:53:45 PM »
It's very nice and it does look like cherry.

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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2017, 02:15:35 PM »
Only the build card knows for sure.

rv_bass

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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2017, 02:31:02 PM »
Unfortunately there is No build card currently available.  I'm leaning toward cherry at the moment, very similar in appearance to another bass I have with a cherry core made around the same time as well, especially that light spot.

rv_bass

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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2017, 08:55:01 AM »
I'm leaning toward cherry as body wood For 76-265.  In the photo below, 76-270 on the right with confirmed cherry bodywood (per file card); and on the left 76-265 with very similar body wood, especially with the reguard to the lighter grain spot.  The tonal quality of both these basses is somewhat similar (deep and clear/crisp). 


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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2017, 10:27:52 AM »
I had forgotten those two were so close... two fine specimens. 

That core wood sure looks the same to me too, but I'd still be hard-pressed to swear on it. Main thing is, "deep, clear, and crisp".  ;D

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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2017, 07:53:09 AM »
Rob:

I have another candidate for you: koa.  Your core looks very, very similar to the koa core on my '76 Series I (76-414), and to my inexpert eyes it looks more like koa than cherry.  According to Mica, the cores back then weren't nearly as standardized as they are now, and koa and cherry were commonly used.  And, to make matters worse, when she pulled my wood card I learned that my neck was made of birch - not maple. That was pretty common in 1976, so yours might also have a birch neck.

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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2017, 09:46:33 AM »
Hi Steve,

Thanks for the feedback...another curve ball!  Koa, wouldn't that be cool? There are some small dark streaks in the grain here and there reminiscent of Koa.  And a birch neck?  I think the center neck laminant may be birch since it has a different color from the primary neck wood when a photo is taken with a flash...all bets are off now until I bring it some day to Santa Rosa for an expert opinion...   :)   

Thanks!  Rob


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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2017, 06:29:38 AM »
Rob, you can request those info here, did you know?

http://club.alembic.com/index.php?board=169.0
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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2017, 07:30:07 AM »
Hi Mario,

Thanks very much for the link.  I had previously requested the info, but Mica mentioned that the card was missing from the file for this bass.  So, I've just been speculating for now.  :)

Thanks,
Rob

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Re: Body Wood ID
« Reply #14 on: Yesterday at 08:26:07 AM »
Oh, man, sorry for that.
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