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Old January 10th, 2013, 03:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unusual Red oak and poplar top

just wondering if black inlays are a good idea.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I like it with the inlays.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 09:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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+1...the inlays look good!

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I like it with the inlays.
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Yup, looks good!
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Old January 10th, 2013, 10:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Add the inlays for a nice surf vibe.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 10:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Those inlays make a huge difference in the appeal of that body (IMO).
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Yes, much better with the inlays!
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Old January 12th, 2013, 05:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I used red oak down the center for two reasons. 1- the bridge screws stay tight and 2- hopefully less tear out when I rout the neck pocket. You guys think a rear rout on this is better or standard control plate?
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If you use the dark inlays, I'd probably do a rear rout so that it's less disruptive to the pattern. Personally, I'd have no trouble putting a control plate on there without the inlays, but not with them.

I know that makes no sense, but it's all aesthetic. Are you doing an ashtray bridge or a modern? Given the way the poplar mixes with the oak, I think the control plate would look better with a modern bridge, but YMMV.
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I used red oak down the center for two reasons. 1- the bridge screws stay tight and 2- hopefully less tear out when I rout the neck pocket.
Don't get me wrong, I love the top you've come up with (especially with the inlays) but I'd like to ask a question. When have you (or anyone else here) had problems with poplar not holding bridge screws or having undue tear-out? If you were talking about pine/fir/redwood I could see this reasoning, but poplar? In my experience poplar holds screws at least as good as mahogany and has very little tear-out. Just a little confused here is all
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I decided to do an ashtray bridge with the normal control plate and ordered a vintage skunk stripe neck to keep the theme. I also decided to keep it simple and use automotive thin pinstripe to accent the center strip. This is only my first build and had to learn a lesson when i had a tear out when routing for the neck. But I'm learning.
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