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Old May 25th, 2008, 05:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Beech as guitar building wood

I got a few pieces of beech in my garage. I found a thread where orgmorg posted his beech/oak bodied double cut tele, and Sollophonics beech-bodied Esquire, so it seems it is suitable to serve as bodywood.

But I'm more interested to try and (gasp) make a neck out of it... would that be possible? Is beech hard enough for that?

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I've milled and worked with European beech quite a bit, and I think it would work just fine....

I milled it quite a bit for cello necks...
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a lot of the european guitars in late 60`s had beech necks , my tele has a beech top on it ! http://www.telemodders.com/t_martin.html
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Old May 25th, 2008, 01:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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a lot of the european guitars in late 60`s had beech necks , my tele has a beech top on it ! http://www.telemodders.com/t_martin.html
Ha, a Telemodder! I used to post there too, quite frequently, until the board software went awry.
Tasty tele you got there!
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why thank you , its evolved over years , and it aint stopped yet !
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Old May 25th, 2008, 05:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I once had a Suzuki brazen picker (Lead II copy) with a beech neck and maple fretboard. It was 20 years old and just fine.

If you don't trust it you can always laminate it.

The wood is a tad darker than maple, so you don't have to tint the lacker to get a vintage look :)
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Old May 26th, 2008, 10:21 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Beech is pretty hard stuff, often used for tool handles and workbenches. With a truss rod, it should be fine.
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