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Oak body tele with an ash neck.

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Bugeater281, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. Bugeater281

    Bugeater281 TDPRI Member

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    So I messed up on my last build by being cheap and poor wood supplier choices. This time I found a local guy who guts down local trees and dries them for wood working. I picked up some nice ash that's quarter saw and very dense. And for the body I got some nice oak. Just made a router sled and have my templates almost finished. Hopefully it will work out this time.
     

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  2. Urshurak776

    Urshurak776 Tele-Meister

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    Beautiful piece of wood. Great start!
     
  3. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Friend of Leo's

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    Never heard of an Ash neck before, not sure why not, but I'll be watching.
     
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  5. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    Should be interesting, but that oak body will likely be extremely heavy. Best luck to ya. Keep us posted...
     
  6. Bugeater281

    Bugeater281 TDPRI Member

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    It's going to be a heavy guitar, but that's fine with me. I rarely play standing up anyway. Since my blank was 2.75in tall my jigsaw wasn't long enough to cut through the whole thing. I had to route out the body shape. I definitely don't recommend that. The oak was really hard to route, a very slow prossess. Here are some updates.
     

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  7. 24 track

    24 track Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I have alway wondered why Oak is never used for a guitar body but never got a suitable answer . I built one my self many moons ago and put a maple neck with an ebony fret board on it one of my absolute favorites to play,

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    I'm really curious how this come out for you looks beautiful from here,
    Im always impressed by the talent on this site!
     
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  8. jaybones

    jaybones Tele-Holic

    I'd guess chambering is out of the question since you don't have a jig saw big enough to cut the blank you probably don't have a band saw big enough to slice the body into back and front halves.

    But yeah, that's a beautiful piece of oak you've got there!!!
     
  9. Bugeater281

    Bugeater281 TDPRI Member

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    I would love to chamber it. But this is only my second build. Don't really have the funds for nice equipment. Plus I only paid 15 dollars for this oak.
     
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  10. 24 track

    24 track Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    I was surprized at how much mine weighed its not that heavey at all , my 78' strat is 11.5 lbs and is killer heavey ( A sit down player for sure) , my Les paul is heavey but this is not bad at all.
     
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  11. Bugeater281

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    This weighs just under 7 pounds. No cavities or the neck pocket have been routed. And I still have a lot of sanding to go. Body thickness is around 2in at the moment. That should drop some weight. What size bit to you guys use to round the edges of the body. Will 3/16ths work?
     
  12. Colors

    Colors Tele-Meister

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    That ash neck ain't gunna be light either. But with another quarter in off the body that'll save some weight.

    Have you thought about doing a smuggler route?
     
  13. Bugeater281

    Bugeater281 TDPRI Member

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    I really don't like pick guards and plastic on my guitars. My plan is to do a tune o matic or wrap around bridge and only have Control knobs on the front. While on that subject, is there a way to get rid of a switch setup and only have a turn knob to switch between and blend pickups?
     
  14. Bugeater281

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    Here's the ash for the neck. I've heard ash can warp easy. Do you think I'll have an issue with grain going up and down?
     
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  16. 24 track

    24 track Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    are you going to put a belly bevel on it that would cut down the weight even more?
     
  17. edvard

    edvard Tele-Meister

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    I've often wondered that myself, and got lots of different answers. The usual answers are "If it were good for guitars it would have been done already", which is no answer at all, or "Oak is heavy". Yes Oak tends to be dense and heavy, though the open-ness of the grain can yield some lighter planks. Using Oak as a top for my build, I can say a few things; the grain hardness can vary across any given plank, so it tends to go wavy unless you're good with block sanding, and the end grain is even worse. Not that it likes to chip out during routing (I've found pine and fir are worse for that), just takes a lot of elbow grease and grain filler to get smooth. Being so hard and dense, it also likes to splinter (at least mine did...) and crack, so be careful about that.
    ALL THAT SAID, I think Oak is a fine wood for guitar, just be prepared to do a bit more work on it, and don't be surprised if it ends up looking like furniture. :p

    Personally, I prefer anything over 1/4" up to 1/2". Smaller than that feels like a plank edge to me. Maybe that's what you want, I dunno. Also, make sure your bits are nice and sharp; Oak is pretty hard stuff.
     
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  18. MoMo_the_Peach

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    Nothing a panel saw, some elbow grease and a hand plane won't take care of.
     
  19. Meteorman

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    $15 ?!?! Run dont walk back and get all they have. The two side pieces appear to be quartersawn. Can't tell about the center piece.

    These two both have quartersawn oak tops. You can achieve a really warm look with the right finishes. Not saying i did, but it can be done.
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  20. maxvintage

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    My answer would be

    A: it's very heavy

    B: it's kind of a pain in the butt to finish, because it requires a ton of grain filling to get it level.

    No reason why it could not make a nice guitar if you took those things into consideration, but both together would deter from using oak
     
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  21. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    My only concern would be grain filling the ash. I wouldn't want any feeling of grain whatsoever when playing it. It'll look nice but wouldn't be my first choice for a neck.
     
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