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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What to do with this pice of wood?

A friend gave me this piece of gorgeous waterfall Bubinga, but it's wider than it is long. Not quite long enough to use for a top. Would I be crazy to orient it sideways in order to get a top out of it? Any other ideas or suggestions?


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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You could probably get 4 Tele pickguards out of it.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Could split it down the center and add a contrasting wood in the middle and make a top.
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Headstock veneers.

Pickguards / control cavity covers.

Knife / tool handles.
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You could give it to me! Or follow John's advice and make some awesome pickguards out of it.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:57 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Sideways top sounds good to me.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 11:58 AM   #7 (permalink)
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cut it in half and make an offset body?
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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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cut it in half and make an offset body?
'Splain, Lucy. Offset body?
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These are offset guitar bodies
Thanks. So, cut it in half and slide the top half forward of the bottom half and re-glue?

Any thoughts on using it sideways? The grain is so curly it's hard to imagine much movement along the grain when humidity changes.
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Thanks. So, cut it in half and slide the top half forward of the bottom half and re-glue?
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Any thoughts on using it sideways? The grain is so curly it's hard to imagine much movement along the grain when humidity changes.
I wouldn't, but that's me
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Yes, stagger the pieces and design a body into those two pieces. Just as an example:
http://www.google.com/search?q=offse...49%3B800%3B600
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Guitarbuilder's idea is a good one.
But if you wanted to build a tele or strat, or other non-offset design, Mojoatomic's got the right idea. Split it down the middle and put a contrasting piece of wood in the center. And don't cover it up with a pickguard.
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Old March 25th, 2013, 02:04 PM   #15 (permalink)
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you could cut several pieces out of it shaped like jigsaw puzzle and add other wood to them to make a jigsaw guitar.
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or an electric parlor guitar....
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i would resaw that and make a book matched top!! nice stick o wood!
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i would resaw that and make a book matched top!! nice stick o wood!
I can resaw it, but I don't think that's going to make it any longer....
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Old March 25th, 2013, 03:38 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I'd vote for making a smaller bodied instrument. That wood is too nice to be compromised!
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