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Old May 14th, 2009, 05:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Paulownia wood for body?

Found this on the web:
"Paulownia has been widely used in the orient for fine furniture, musical instruments, carvings and decorative finishes for over 1000 years. It can be peeled for veneer in 1/16 inch thickness and has even been sliced at 1/32 inch. Intricate patterns can be cut with a jig saw or band saw without splitting easily. Paulownia has been a favorite for many carvers in the US. Furnitures, doors and windows can be made with close tolerances. All normal finishing materials can be applied and it bonds well with glue."

I'm interested in this wood as it is what the Chinese have used to build guqin's for thousands of years. Anyone have experience with it? It's beautiful wood and would probably make a nice tele body, very light...

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Old May 14th, 2009, 05:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Somewhere in thie Tele Mod Depot section is the P-wood thread I began sev wks ago.

You see-- 2 yrs ago I bought a new $110 T copy that was a platform for me to fret level/crown for 1st time-- and other simple mods.

Before and after all this-- it still sounded great- cheap ceramic pups and all.
Later found out it is P-wood.

--Since then I have bought a P Tele body from Guitar Mill, and just recently received P-bodied T copies from Carlson Guitars and Archer/Interstate Music.

The Carlson one was setup good fb and fret work from the factory.
The Archer, I had to 0000 st wool the rosewood fb and frets, with finer polishing on frets. It was funky --the fb!!
Both sound very very good!!
Very!

Gonna put Wilkinson bridges on both.
Top-load, oh yeah!!!

I am TRYING to find P-blanks for guitars.
To me, $200 is too much that I spent at Guitar Mill
(no knocks towards them!!)
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Old May 14th, 2009, 10:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Here's one that Doug was referring to.

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Interesting -- it is very beautiful wood. Makes me wonder though if my tele would be neck heavy using such a light body?
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Old May 15th, 2009, 08:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Interesting -- it is very beautiful wood. Makes me wonder though if my tele would be neck heavy using such a light body?
Yes, it would be.
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Yes, it would be.
Though strap pin location can offset neck heaviness quite well.
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I've got a Carlson Tele copy that's body is made of Paulownia. Its extremely lightweight.

I know Guitar Mill sells Paulownia bodies now. "Feather Weight Series".
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What are the grain properties like on Paulownia? Would it require a lot of grain filler? Would the grain "pop" sufficiently enough for a natural or translucent finish?

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i love paulownia, superb solid body guitar wood, smooth and even grained, very lightweight and very resonant. those $100 dean vendettas are carved outta this wood. paulownia trees can grow 10 to 30 FEET per YEAR! a terrific natural resource guitar wood.
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THere's a new Dean Vendetta at a dealer here-- will 'prolly soon go in and c if i can lo-ball their price.
Another 'project' guitar for 'Paulo-Walnuts"
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THere's a new Dean Vendetta at a dealer here-- will 'prolly soon go in and c if i can lo-ball their price.
Another 'project' guitar to 'Paulo-Walnuts"
I took one of the Deans in a trade last week. It takes a little getting used to but once you dial it in its a spanky plank...

When I took the neck off mine the neck pocket was full of sawdust that was between the neck and the pocket. When you played it you couldn't help but "bend" the neck just by moving your hand up and down the board. I was like "what the hell" this things going down the road quick. I scraped the pocket and bedded it with body putty to even and smooth it out. The bed of the pocket was kinda striated and the bondo leveled it. Put the neck back on and tightened it well and now no more neck "bending". Plays like a charm. Lightweight and can really growl. Fun guitar.
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through the wonferful 'net-- I am trying to find pieces of Paulownia Tomentosa- (Kiri wood in Japan) for bodies.

No luck thru the vendors I have tried.

I have a wonderful 'T' copy from Guitar Mill-- but am looking for my own to do myself. ($200 would be a bit too much for each Paulownia project body!!)


***Who is in the KNOW of WHERE I can get some dried P-wood?? ***
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through the wonferful 'net-- I am trying to fing pieces for Paulownia Tomentosa- (Kiri wood in Japan).

No luck thru the vendors I have tried.

I have a wonderful T copy one from Guitar Mill-- but am looking for my own to do myself. ($200 would be a bit too much for several- Paulownia project bodies!!)


***Who is in the KNOW of WHERE I can get some dried P-wood??
Well, I don't see them on their website, but I saw a Paulownia blank when I visited Guitar Mill a couple weeks ago.
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What are the grain properties like on Paulownia? Would it require a lot of grain filler? Would the grain "pop" sufficiently enough for a natural or translucent finish?

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Gain looks like ash, but doesn't require AS MUCH filler. A little grain fill will do it. And yes, it's excellent for trans finishes.
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through the wonferful 'net-- I am trying to find pieces of Paulownia Tomentosa- (Kiri wood in Japan) for bodies.

No luck thru the vendors I have tried.

I have a wonderful 'T' copy from Guitar Mill-- but am looking for my own to do myself. ($200 would be a bit too much for each Paulownia project body!!)


***Who is in the KNOW of WHERE I can get some dried P-wood?? ***
I'm negotiating with a paulownia dealer now. They even kiln dry the stuff to under 15% moisture content, and they'll have pieces big enough for 1 piece bodies soon. PM me, I'll let you know when I can get it, and then we'll negotiate price for a body or a blank.
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It's about $20 australian for a first grade two piece Paulownia blank from a mill down the road from me (45mm x 190mm x (800mm) dressed all-round).

But with a density of 260-290 kg/m3 (17-20 pounds/cu. foot) ... it's simply too light for my needs. Heavy balsa is denser!

IMO, 350kg/m3 is as light as I'd want to use for a Tele body for screws holding, durability and balance. YMMV.

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They even kiln dry the stuff to under 15% moisture content...
That's quite high.
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It's about $20 australian for a first grade two piece Paulownia blank from a mill down the road from me (45mm x 190mm x (800mm) dressed all-round).

But with a density of 260-290 kg/m3 (17-20 pounds/cu. foot) ... it's simply too light for my needs. Heavy balsa is denser!

IMO, 350kg/m3 is as light as I'd want to use for a Tele body for screws holding, durability and balance. YMMV.



That's quite high.
I'm not sure of the exact, but he says it's a few weeks. The supplier I'm talking with also supplies guitar mill. Plus, these are 1 piece clear blanks I'm talkin.
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Cool - I haven't see it wider than 250mm (10"). People down this way use it to make surfboards, not guitars! I can dent it by squeezing it between thumb and fingers!
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This week I will continue a more focused
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for dried paulownia, for 1 piece bodies.


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Last wk I bought a new Dean Vendetta for $110.00
It is really great sounding!!

One is on Crgs Lst locally-- I will try to get for 75-80$.

I Love Linda Paulownia!!
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