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Beech as guitar building wood

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by tuuur, May 25, 2008.

  1. tuuur

    tuuur Friend of Leo's

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    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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    hopefully this will show it better .:rolleyes:
     
  6. tuuur

    tuuur Friend of Leo's

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    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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    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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    Beech is pretty hard stuff, often used for tool handles and workbenches. With a truss rod, it should be fine.
     
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