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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-08-2002, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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amerian basswood or basswood??

in the new european ibanez catalog its says the js1000 and js2000 are basswood ad the jems say american basswood i was wonderin do ibanez now make there high end js guitars out of basswood (i know they didnt be4 it was american basswood) or is this just somethin stupid in the catalog..............

had to ask coz i am just curious
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-11-2002, 01:58 PM
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Basswood (what different countries it grows in I don't know) but most woods of the same species are very much the same (Basswood is also considered one of the less prized woods)
Indian/Brazillian Rosewood, South American (Brazillian/Honduras) Mahogany doesn't much differ from African Mahogany.
To be brutal I'd say some of the best woods out there nowadays are found in Asia, Africa then South America, although some of the best Maple is still found in Canada.

Rosewood is now banned from foresting in South America, although there are stocks left, newly cut Rosewood is illegal, as is Brazillian Mahogany I believe.
Honduras Mahogany is still very legal and from what I can tell works and sounds the same as Brazillian.
Indian Rosewood is on the decline also, and personally I think more highly prized than Brazillian. It has the same feel and tonal properties, but has a beautiful purple glow.

I'm actually glad there is a move towards the more obscure woods, some of them are less endangered but are also unexplored and very beautiful.
An example is a fretboard I made from Ziracote.
It feels and sounds like rosewood, but looks like a snake's skin.
Very pretty and not in that short a supply.

Sorry for banging on about wood types, but it is close to my heart.

Safe to say most of the same species whether in America or Asia are very tonally similar, it's the person who works the wood that makes the difference.
I'd rather go for the Asian woods myself as they seem to be less endangered and they have more exotic species, I love working with something I've never used before. It's a real buzz finding out what it sounds like.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-11-2002, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for that

i just thought it was odd to use it when they were usin american basswood on the jem models in the catalog
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