#1
well, the question is in the title. I've decided to sell my old (around 1991/92-1995) Tobias American, and I was wondering if anyone could help me identify the wood the neck and fingerboard is made of.

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#3
ahh, ok. Well, thanks for all the help ! Sadly, I haven't been able to find out what kind of wood the body is made of. FInding information about old Tobiases has turned out to be almost impossible, and I have only seen one other of this particular brand, and that bass was sold at the same shop as I bought mine.
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I'm almost 100% sure it's a maple eck/fretboard and rosewood stripe. Stripe may be pau ferro though.

He could always claim it to be rosewood though because they are extremely tonally similar, plus it doesn't look light enough to me to be pau ferro.
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He could always claim it to be rosewood though because they are extremely tonally similar, plus it doesn't look light enough to me to be pau ferro.


Wood does darken over time, and obviously some cuts will be darker than others for a multitude of reasons.
#6
It's maple for sure.

A lot of maple necks have a stripe of walnut in them, so the dark stripe might be walnut.
#7
Well, I thought that I could throw with a picture of the body, so you could try to guess what it's made of.

Nocturnal edit: I forgot to mention that the body is quite heavy, and I was able to see in a screwhole that the wood is almost the same color as the neck.

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#9
so, most likely, the entire bass is maple? well, that explains why it has always seemed likethe entire thing was cut out of one huge chunk of wood, and then screwed together again.
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body looks like it could be ash? Could the stripe be bubinga?
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isnt a mahogany stripe on the neck also common? was just i am pretty sure i have seen that on a few bass's and guitars and im sure its bout the same colour.Altho knowing me im most likely wrong.

But its a mighty fine looking bass looks like it would be awesome to play.
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#15
positive wood identification is nearly impossible without a clean view of the woods end-grain. However that neck is surely maple, the stripe looks to be a mahogany (or a mahogany lookalike) and the body looks to be of basswood. Without confirmation from the manufacturer you're pretty much guessing. For the neigh sayers, I'm a college educated woodworker.
#16
Gonna say the body is ash. Normal ash can be of a medium density, as opposed to swamp ash which is very light.

Michael Tobias seems to enjoy using ash quite a lot in his basses. Chances are the wooden stringer is mahogany.
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#17
That body screams ash. I'm 100% sure that the neck is maple and the stripe is walnut
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