August 5th, 2012, 08:55 PM
My first real post here! I have access to some Western Red Cedar. Can I use this for my next guitar build? I know it is used a lot in acoustic guitars for tops, but is it tough enough to be used for an electric guitar or bass?
Just would like some input before I get involved.
Thanks in advance!
August 5th, 2012, 11:57 PM
August 6th, 2012, 05:45 AM
August 6th, 2012, 05:51 AM
I sure hope it's alright. It's hard to get nice Ash around here, but I found some 2x8 Cedar that I plan to build several bodies from. Also picked up a very clear (no knots) 1x8 for tops. Cedar is pretty soft so you might want to consider a poly finish. Should be very easy to work and it's pretty light. I plan to use nitro. Go for it and let me know how you like it.
August 6th, 2012, 09:26 AM
Here are a few cedar bodies I cut out and put together two partscasters out of them. So far so good.
August 6th, 2012, 11:00 AM
This is my 2012 Western Red Cedar top thinline build:
August 7th, 2012, 05:16 AM
Very nice looking guitars there.
August 7th, 2012, 10:10 AM
Western Red Cedar is one of my favorite woods for a Tele body - very much like using spruce. It is soft so you have to use some padding under the body when sanding and sand only with a block - not with a softer surface (a hand...).
August 7th, 2012, 04:01 PM
Thanks for all the pics and input! I will be seeing the lumber guy this week!
August 8th, 2012, 08:34 PM
Ended up with this piece of Cypress. The Cedar was pretty, but this was free!