July 18th, 2010, 04:41 AM
Okay, I'm thinking reading all these partscaster builds. Has anyone ever built a Corkcaster?
I've worn Birks since I was nineteen. Worked as a manager at a zen Birkenstock retail store. See the worlds collide in that sentence.
Anyhoo. Cork and jute, neck thru body.Sweet pups,nice bridge,etc.
Whaddiyuh think that would sound like?
I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
je suis, h2otorched
July 18th, 2010, 05:02 AM
Drink and smoke Pot much?? What are you on about?
July 18th, 2010, 05:20 AM
I doubt it would sound too good, but it would be a fun idea. I've been wearing Birks since my knee surgeries about 15 years ago. Love them.
July 18th, 2010, 05:38 AM
kiwi_caster, I am sitting here trying to have a 'light' frame of mind.
I spent the day sitting at my Moms' side in Critical Care, where she was given 3 units of blood last night.
Her hemoglobin level was just over 3. It should of been 12+. It 's now 9.
My Mom has hepatic encelopathy.
All I'm trying to do is relax and read about Telecasters, before I face another day sitting next to a hospital bed holding my Moms' hand.
h2otorched aka Don
July 18th, 2010, 08:29 AM
Don, best of luck to your mother, and my she come through it unharmed. Then build as many corkcasters as you like.
July 18th, 2010, 09:00 AM
Thank you MatthewK
July 18th, 2010, 04:20 PM
Maybe do a wood core with the edges wrapped with a cork veneer with jute binding and full front leather pickguard.
Best wishes for your Mom !
July 18th, 2010, 04:24 PM
July 18th, 2010, 04:44 PM
Put an end to tone arguments! or start a million more?
I bet you can do it, have it sound good and be super comfy to hold/play, and it'll take falls really well!
My wishes are with your mother.
July 18th, 2010, 07:29 PM
I'm liking the idea of a wood body with cork veneer. Or cork around the edges and a jute "binding", might be a kind of cool look. I know cork flooring is supposed to be an excellent sound deadener so I would be weary of building the whole body of cork, that being said you never know till you try it.
Ooo, and you have to have a leather pickguard to carry on the Birk theme. Do a suede strap with Birk buckles. I'm a big fan of Birks so I'm loving the whole theme idea. How sweet would it be to get a sheet of the soul material to put on the back for the full on Birk look. OK, maybe too much, just sayin'
I hope your Mom gets better and soon. Thinking about guitars is a great distraction.
July 18th, 2010, 08:51 PM
Use wine bottle corks or premium whisky stoppers for control knobs.
July 18th, 2010, 09:08 PM
I'm in the "veneer" camp myself. Don't see why you couldn't build a nice looking Tele that way. Not sure about the neck-through, but that's just a matter of personal taste.
Best wishes sent for your mom.
July 18th, 2010, 09:10 PM
First of all: Best of luck to your mom...
My first thoughts were along the lines that cork, being less dense than wood, would soak up a lot of the string's energy and damp considerably. But then I remember working with cork paneling and how it has a certain resonance to it when you thump it. I would bet that it will accentuate certain lower frequencies and damp out certain highs. Maybe the only way to find out is to do it and give us a clip of what it sounds like, eh? (Caution: I suspect you'll need some sort of rigid backbone to counteract string tension as cork IMO won't)
July 18th, 2010, 10:31 PM
Thanks all for your best wishes for my Mom. Yes, guitars can be a good distraction.
I like the strap buckle idea, that's cool. Leather pickguard yep! My beginning thought was Birks are made under a lot of pressure, taking the bark of a tree
Compressing it with layers of jute and glue. Compressed fibers sorta like a tree. If you could make a Heidi Klum Birkencaster maybe Seal would play it!
Thanks again, Don
Cork controls check! Crazy now, could you use a glass pickguard to add highs?
Would that do anything?
July 18th, 2010, 10:58 PM
Well, the only thing I would be concerned about is the absorbency of cork. It is used quite a bit as a sound insulator in music studios. So it may very well "absorb" all of the natural tone. It may just make the electrical tone muddy. I have been contemplating on using cork as a guitar body for a while as well.
July 18th, 2010, 11:02 PM
Maybe you could just do a cork pickguard or inlay sections of cork onto the face. Just a thought. I'm a big fan of unusual pickguard materials.