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Old February 2nd, 2009, 10:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Are plywood bodies only good for the garbage?

I have all the parts left over to build a crappy back up tele but the body is made out of plywood. I don't really want to invest too much into the guitar so would it be useable with a plywood body or should I bite the bullet, shell out the money and get an ash body?

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Old February 2nd, 2009, 10:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For what it's worth, I have a cheap tele copy with a plywood body and after changing out the pups the thing is one of my best sounding guitars.

You can definitely do better with a body wood, but that's just my experience with plywood.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 10:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This guitar would have a fair amount of gain happening as well so I think I may be safe. Just have to paint it up and put it together
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 10:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My son has a plywood Koren Squier Tele and it sounds great. Seriously. Probably hit or miss, but don't burn it!
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 10:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I had a plywood strat that sounded better than the solid wood strat from the same manufacturer.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 11:07 PM   #6 (permalink)
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My son has a plywood Koren Squier Tele and it sounds great. Seriously. Probably hit or miss, but don't burn it!
lol! My daughter has a plywood Strat and it sounds, well , very "stratty"
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 11:11 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I used to have a plywood body MIK Squier Tele that was a REALLY nice sounding and playing guitar!

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Old February 2nd, 2009, 11:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Plywood used in Guitar bodies is a much higher grade than what you think of at Home Depot...think Cabinet Grade...I worked on quite a few Guitars & Basses w/ Laminated Bodies that were Great Instruments.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 11:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah my first major part build/mod has a plywood body but it sounds great to my ears. Was a charvel-alike that I refinished and stuck an EMG 81 in there for metal stuff and it sounds exactly how I wanted, very lively and defined. And it weighs bugger all, easily the lightest guitar I've owned.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 12:02 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Why not just do it anyways? If you don't like it, no harm done, then you know you'll need a different body. If you just have to paint it and put it together, then it really wouldn't be that much work.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 12:03 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Like Tim, I also bought an MIK Tele (used), since it played & sounded great in the shop. I was surprised to find that the body was ply, but what the heck, my ears didn't seem to mind at all!
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It's supposed to be a mid eighties Schecter so I guess the quality of plywood must be slightly better than what they have at Home Depot. I'll be painting it come spring
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if ya give a plywood bodied Tele to . .. say Scotty Anderson, and let him loose on it... every one will be wanting a plywood Tele... it aint the gear, it's never been the gear, it's never gonna be the gear... or what it's made of either.

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Old February 3rd, 2009, 10:32 AM   #14 (permalink)
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only for the garbage?...well no, theres always the fireplace.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 10:40 AM   #15 (permalink)
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if ya give a plywood bodied Tele to . .. say Scotty Anderson, and let him loose on it... every one will be wanting a plywood Tele... it aint the gear, it's never been the gear, it's never gonna be the gear... or what it's made of either.

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I had an old plywood strat body by a company called Lincoln.....lotsa ply.I put one of the old Charvel vintage strat copy necks on it and some pups out of a Lead II,and my friend and I (both with original '60s strats) went "Whoa!" Warm twang is all I can say,if that makes sense.
Luck of the draw,I guess.
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I had a guitar that sounded good... as long as I didn't know it was plywood...

When I decided to sand it to the wood and repaint it, I started to find it didn't sound so good after all...
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This one is plywood. Got Rio Muy Grandes and a brass pickguard. It sounds pretty good to me.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 01:35 PM   #19 (permalink)
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only for the garbage?...well no, theres always the fireplace.

No, non, nyet, nein, no!

A plywood guitar body should never be used in a fireplace. The glues used to hold the plies of wood together can be toxic when burned.

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Plywood guitars can sound good or bad, just like ash/alder ones can sound good or bad.

Mind you I did have a Tele copy which had an MDF body, which sounded awful and weighed a ton. I liked the neck and made a new beech body for it.

Someone post that Tele made of USB board, please
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