#1
I was looking at this bass starter pack on musiciansfriend.com: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-Artcore-Ser-Hollowbody-without-Tremolo?sku=519527
The bass is the Ibanez GSR190. The specs say it has a nato body. Can anyone tell me what that is? I assume it's some artificial wood. I tried google, wikipedia, and dictionary.com but all I get is the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Thanks for the help.
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#3
"Nato wood, also known as Eastern Mahogany, is a relieble, strong wood used on guitar necks. It is a value-priced wood used more in the lower cost instruments. However, Nato still embodies all of the properties of more commonly used.... and more expensive mahogany. Not a bad wood at all for most ukes.... except the finest ones.""

From the first result on google.
#5
It's Eastern Mahogany.

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Quote by Deliriumbassist
"Nato wood, also known as Eastern Mahogany, is a relieble, strong wood used on guitar necks. It is a value-priced wood used more in the lower cost instruments. However, Nato still embodies all of the properties of more commonly used.... and more expensive mahogany. Not a bad wood at all for most ukes.... except the finest ones.""

From the first result on google.



Funny thing is, that info is for ukeleles
#8
On the subject, I recently tuned my Ukulele BEAD. There's a bit of tension on that high D string, and I didn't realize that cuts into the sustain substantially.

OK, fine, it wasn't really on the subject, but if I hadn't said that now I don't know when I'd ever be able to say that

EDIT:

Some more information on Nato:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nato

Also, a more wooden variety:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mora_%28plant%29

EDIT EDIT:

I think a lot of people try to "gussy up" the names and descriptions of woods, especially luthiers or those trying to advertise a budget guitar. I think considering it a mahogany isn't a really wise thing to do. The sheer soil it's grown on makes enough of a difference. If it was mahogany, believe me, the cheap companies would call it mahogany like white on rice.

EDIT EDIT EDIT:

It seems mahogany and nato are related in that they have the same division and class of tree. The order, families, and genus of both trees are different.

Any botanists in forum?
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#9
This isn't about the wood, but I have the same bass. It is a very excellent starter bass. I bought it used, so the amp is different. My biggest problem is that the finish shows fingerprints pretty bad.