Originally Posted by CapnCrunch
It does indeed look like fir. I can't imagine your planks getting more stable. If 100+ years doesn't do the trick, I don't know what will.
I personally like two piece bodies joined as you have them. If your blank is 20" long you are likely going to have to deal with some snipe. I make em 24" to be safe. Not a huge deal, but most planers snipe between 3 and 4" on each end. Is your blank heavy or light? I have some old growth Fir that is nice and light. Fir can be fairly heavy though depending on the piece. This should be cool.
What are you going to build your neck out of?
Been working on my first neck as well....I have a bunch of buds that own a saw mill. One of the guys builds custom tables and benches and he had some spalted maple that he suggested I use. The only spalted area on my neck is on the back side of the heal. The first neck I attempted to make had spalted areas through out the head stock but I let my router slip off as I was using it to thickness the head stock and the damage was too deep to save the neck. I had a fit and said bad stuff for 10 minutes. I have enough to try at least 6 or 8 more necks as well as a body blank I think. Not too sure I like the spalted look personally. Also not too sure about how this neck will look on one of these pine bodies but we'll see. Doesn't really matter I guess , Im more concerned about getting the frets level and pots this and pots that. I'ved always been a wood worker, but some other aspects of this are begining to concern me. Lots more to building a playable guitar than making pretty necks and bodies and Im about to get in over my head Im affraid. Being a builder from a small town, I know alot of folks, mostly farmers, saw millers, a just plain 'ol country people. Everybody has a shed, a barn, or some other structure on their property that's been around for years. Some of these older buildings have lumber simular to the joist I claimed from the old house. Nobody as far as I know has ever even thought about building a guitar around here. THese pine joist would have been burned or hauled to the landfill. So Im collecting some wood here and there. I almost bought a $50 blank off the bay to learn on.