COMPLETED - Patsanger's Pistachio Tele!

Discussion in '2014 TDPRI Tele Build Challenge' started by patsanger, Mar 1, 2014.

  1. patsanger

    patsanger Tele-Meister

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    Ok - 2nd year trying this and I'm really looking forward to it.

    Gonna try a thinline sorta - so we will see how it goes. This will be the 3rd body I've made and the 2nd neck... fingers crossed!

    <edited for grammar> :)
     
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  2. jimdkc

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    Oooooo! Pistachio is such cool looking wood!
     
  3. Jupiter

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    Aw, I thought that was going to be the COLOR of it....
     
  4. DrASATele

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    Nice wood choice! subscribed!
    Good luck!
     
  5. patsanger

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    I got a funky grafted piece so I am hoping it comes out cool... It's gonna be fun though!
     
  6. Jfellows

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    Sweet! I did a pistachio top thinline earlier this year, and it's my favorite guitar right now. Good luck!!
     
  7. nosmo

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    Whatever color it turns out - it will be Pistachio. :lol:

    Normally, that is really pretty wood. I can't wait to see what you have. Lumber, I mean :rolleyes:
     
  8. Jerry Lee

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    A pistachio guitar!?!? What are you nuts?!?!

    Somebody had to say it.

    Good luck and be safe.
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    Looking forward to see your build. Good luck!
     
  11. patsanger

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    Thanks for the well wishes everyone!
    OK - here's the woodpile.
    Single piece White Limba (it has to be a thinline - the dang thing weighs 9.5lbs as it sits :)
    Pistachio graft top
    Rosewood neck
    spare rosewood fretboard just in case I can't do a one piece neck.

    I had some beautiful flame neck blanks but all of this weather has made them bend a little so they went back into storage to dry out for a year or so. Hopefully I can recover them for next year.

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    edit - changed pic due to forgotten fretboard.
     
  12. oldrebel

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    Good luck!!
     
  13. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Hell, I came looking for a free snack. :mad:
     
  14. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine Friend of Leo's

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    That's going to be a really nice looking guitar!

    Hey, it looks like you got the rosewood neck from the same place I did. Just to give you an idea of what the pattern/figure might look like when you shape it:

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    :D
     
  15. patsanger

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    Thanks! What is the white binding made from? That looks great!
     
  16. BigDaddyLH

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    Am I the only one who is not clear about that colour pistachio is? Is it the green of the nut or that red dye they used to colour the shells?

    I've noticed lately, all the bags of pistachio nuts have gone natural. What, no more red fingertips?
     
  17. flatfive

    flatfive Friend of Leo's

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    Nice unusual selection of woods. When you say
    "graft pistachio", does that mean the wood was
    cut from a tree that had a graft? Is is typical for
    pistachio to be grafted?
     
  18. lbridenstine

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    It's fiber veneer from lmii.com
     
  19. lbridenstine

    lbridenstine Friend of Leo's

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    I immediately think green when I think of pistachio. Might just be me though.
     
  20. Jfellows

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    So do I - all that green pistachio ice cream I suppose.

    Most nut trees, pistachio included, have a graft where they grafted the best fruiting species onto the hardiest rootstock species. This is what creates great patterns at that graft line. You see this in claro walnut sometimes.

    I've worked with pistachio quite a bit, and the color varies all over the place. Greens, reds, browns etc. It's a hard dense wood.

    I built my "Orchardcaster" earlier this year and the top and fretboard were both Pistachio, but look very different. Neither one was stained, but they're definitely different colors.


    Great choice of wood, Pat - you won't be disappointed. I found it very nice to work, although it is dense and heavy, so best reserved for tops like you're doing.

    Can't wait to see this one progress along!
     
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