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Help with choice of wood

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by yelemusic, Apr 20, 2018.

  1. WingedWords

    WingedWords Tele-Meister

    170
    Feb 4, 2015
    Kent, UK
    I have a roasted maple neck waiting for a body too. Should go well with the rosewood.

    Allparts neck.jpg

    I've always liked the trimmed pickguard as in your first pic, but the 4th pic looks good to me. Going to be pretty!
     
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  2. fatcat

    fatcat Friend of Leo's

    Jul 6, 2010
    Very Deep South
    That's a stunning axe.
     
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  3. ndeli55

    ndeli55 Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    34
    May 12, 2008
    oklahoma
    Walnut is one of those woods that can be simply grained yet stunning. The English variety or Claro is my jam
     

  4. Henfield Tele

    Henfield Tele Tele-Holic

    514
    Oct 30, 2012
    West Sussex Uk
    I have a mahogany Fano and a Nocaster, pretty sure most of the tonal difference is in the pickups. IMG_0668.JPG
     
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  5. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 24, 2012
    Southern California
    I find I like Black Korina (or Limba) better than Honduran Mahogany. It has a wider mids frequency range that I find pleasing. My favorite tele is a Warmoth build that is Black Korina capped with Bloodwood and a Bloodwood neck, Canary stripe and a Rosewood fretboard. Best sounding tele out of all my teles.
     

  6. schmee

    schmee Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2003
    northwest
    Walnut is a bright wood. So is Rosewood to some extent.... on acoustic guitars anyway. You might avoid putting those together I would think. But the sum is = to the parts on a guitar so... hard to say really. Gibson used walnut bodies on some LP's and SG's for a period (70s? 80's?) and they are not popular guitars at all. Bright and sterile in general.
     

  7. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    There are plenty of walnut bodied teles made right here in the home depot. I wouldn't hesitate to use any combination of anything with Walnut. I did 4 walnut parlors. I wouldn't use the term bright at all to describe them. I find them kind of mellow.
     
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  8. loopy reed

    loopy reed Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 14, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Dare you to make one out of an ashtray cover.

    With solid body electrics, and most semi-hollows, I look at the pickups as the red beans and rice, and the type of wood it’s made from is your hot sauce. Sure, there’s a difference between Crystal and Valentina, but they’re both going to accent the flavor, and you don’t base the meal on the hot sauce. At least most people don’t. I do sometimes.

    That’s a real nice looking body. Keep us posted on the progress.
     

  9. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    Tucson
    That pickguard is just fantastic! I would love to see some more pics of that guitar, maybe even a pickguard template/pdf. Did you do a build thread for it?

    Thanks, it's so innovative,
    Rex
     
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  10. Macrogats

    Macrogats Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    51
    May 15, 2017
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Dude!!! I am loving your guitar! Excellent look.

    At the OP - with that lovely looking top you have coming - I would go minimalist on the pg - pic 4 I think.
     
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  11. Henfield Tele

    Henfield Tele Tele-Holic

    514
    Oct 30, 2012
    West Sussex Uk
    Hi Rex, you can buy these pick guards directly from the Fano website.
    It’s like a Tele, but with extra hair girth and gristle!! IMG_0671.JPG IMG_0674.JPG IMG_0680.JPG IMG_0670.JPG IMG_0676.JPG

    https://www.fanoguitars.com/parts--accessories.html
     
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  12. yelemusic

    yelemusic TDPRI Member

    55
    Oct 21, 2012
    Yes, that's what I was thinking too. Thinking about which material I should use. Maybe some nice wood as well? We'll see.
    The body will arrive here tomorrow, so once I've got it, I'll know more.
     

  13. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    Tucson
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  14. yelemusic

    yelemusic TDPRI Member

    55
    Oct 21, 2012
    Hi guys, so I thought I’ll post a quick update to my walnut/rosewood Tele. The body has of course arrived by now, and it’s absolutely gorgeous!
    The neck was a good fit, i just needed to sand the neck pocket a tiny amount, which i was quite pleased about.
    Yesterday I decided to round over the upper edge with my roter, as I decided to go without a binding. Every bit of plastic covering the beautiful wood is one too many :)

    I’ve also thought about what pickguard material i’d like, and I came up with thin slate veneer, so basically a stone pickguard :) Looks awesome :) Amazing stuff really. They’ve laminated very thin layers of slate onto some sort of plastic sheet, and the material can be cut and sanded easily. And if you just need a small bit it’s actually very cheap! All I ordered was some 15x20cm sample sheets each for 2,50€ So even if I don’t use it in the end, not much is lost :) I’ve also got a nice 3mm piece of walnut I could use for the pickguard. Nice too, as it would be a nice continuation of the walnut back of the guitar. We’ll see. Still some time to make the decision.

    Next I will have to decide what to do in terms of finish. Pretty sure I’ll go for a nitro lacquer high gloss finish. Now the question arises if walnut and rosewood actually need grain filling. Tried to google the answer, but to no avail.
    So, question to the more experienced out there. Grain filler yes or no, and if so, what’s best?
    Should I just go for the wood putty method, using a darker tone to bring out more of the walnut grain?
    Or should I dye the wood with black water based dye and sand it back, and then use something else for grain filling? Lots of questions :)
    I’ll post some pics when I get home...
     
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  15. yelemusic

    yelemusic TDPRI Member

    55
    Oct 21, 2012
    Some pics
     

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  16. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    If you want a totally flat finish on an open pored wood, you either have to fill the grain with filler or fill the grain with finish until they are filled.
     
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  17. yelemusic

    yelemusic TDPRI Member

    55
    Oct 21, 2012
    Yes, i’m aware of this. However since every type of wood is different, I wasn’t sure if walnut and rosewood actually are open pored wood, that need grain filling.
     

  18. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    From Google:

    People also ask


    What is a closed grain wood?
    This refers to the texture of the wood's cell structure. Precise definitions of open and closed grained species don't exist, but softwoods are generally considered open grain, as is oak, ash, mahogany and walnut. Closed grain species include maple, birch, cherry and hickory.
     
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  19. yelemusic

    yelemusic TDPRI Member

    55
    Oct 21, 2012
    Thanks mate, I’m aware of all of this. I was hoping for some first hand experience with walnut and rosewood, from people who have actually used these woods and can tell me what the best course of action would be.
     
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  20. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    I've used all these woods. It's up to you whether you want the grain open or not. Walnut with oil looks great. Walnut grain filled also looks great. I'm not sure what you expect people to say....they will tell you both sides of the story. You should probably decide what you are striving for I guess. Grain filling is more work. Tru oil is less work.
     
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