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Oak body tele with an ash neck.

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

  1. O- Fender

    O- Fender Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 25, 2003
    My understanding is oak is not considered a great tone wood. Keep in mind that if you look around here, you will see people using all kinds of wood for guitars including MDF, plywood, OSB, left over laminate flooring and even that particle board from a kitchen counter. There are also guitars made from things like carbon fiber, aluminum and old road signs. I'm sure oak will be just fine.
    Unless you are doing an a/b comparison with a custom $5k guitar at a sound lab, it probably won't matter.
    More importantly, oak looks amazing when finished. I am looking forward to pics of the final product here.
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  2. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Tele-Meister

    Jun 17, 2008

    I'm not sure but i think you can order them either way. the nut radius (meaning the bottom of the nut) should simply match the slot, and you can cut it any way you want (or any way that you can cut it in any case) :)
  3. Bugeater281

    Bugeater281 TDPRI Member

    Nov 30, 2016
    So I'm using a wrap around bridge. Rather than angling the neck pocket can I just subtract the difference from the depth I route. So the next just sits a little higher in the pocket.
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  5. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    I used a tuna-matic on one and I countersunk the bridge adjustment wheels and used a standard neck pocket depth so it would feel more like playing a tele. The strings are at the same height above the body as a tele bridge.
  6. Bugeater281

    Bugeater281 TDPRI Member

    Nov 30, 2016
    Been a bit busy so I haven't got much done. Got a lace pick up for it, and a wrap around bridge. Came across a good deal on some Birdseye maple so I decided to do a maple neck instead of an ash neck. Figuared that would help with the weight too. Should hopefully make some progress this weekend. Right now my house smells like cookies and a campfire(the old lady loves the smell). I'm testing some scrap maple in the oven. So far not a lot of warping. So there's a good chance it'll be a roasted birdeye maple neck. Has anyone roasted a fretboard? I got two maple ones from stewmac. I'm worried about warping on wood so thin.
  7. Bugeater281

    Bugeater281 TDPRI Member

    Nov 30, 2016
    So I made some progress. Decided to make a truss rod jig. Made my life easy. Necks ready to glue the fretboard down. Debating on baking the neck. I tried a scrap and it barely moved. But I'd hate to have a half completed neck go to the trash.

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  8. fortj3

    fortj3 Tele-Meister

    Feb 5, 2017
    I love the idea of an oak guitar build, as I have a bunch of 4"x6"x10' kiln-dried oak.
    And, I'm not talking 4x6 nominal. I'm talking actual measured width and thickness.
  9. jmoore65

    jmoore65 Tele-Meister

    Sep 27, 2007
    According to Wikipedia:

    "The neck was constructed from wood from a "hundred-year-old-ish" fireplace mantel that a friend of the family was about to throw away. The neck was hand-shaped into the desired form, a job that was made more difficult by the age and quality of the wood. According to May, there are worm holes in the neck of the guitar that he filled in with matchsticks.

    The neck was finished with a 24-fret oak fingerboard. Each of the position inlays was hand shaped from a mother-of-pearl button. May decided to position them in a personal way: two dots at the 7th and 19th fret and three at the 12th and 24th.

    The body was made from oak from an old table, blockboard (strips of softwood sandwiched between two plywood skins) and mahogany veneer; the final result was technically a semi-acoustic guitar – the central block is glued to the sides and covered with two mahogany sheets to give it the appearance of a solid-body guitar. It was originally intended that the guitar would have f-holes but this was never done."

    (edited to remove reference links)
  10. guitarmikey

    guitarmikey Tele-Holic

    Dec 30, 2012
    My oak body under work, made from 6 stripes of oak IMG_1592.JPG
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  11. NotAnotherHobby

    NotAnotherHobby Tele-Holic

    Oct 27, 2015
    Da' Magic Mittin'
    I'm going to speculate that it's because you can probably get Ash cheaper than Oak when it comes to industrial production. Oak is used EVERYWHERE these days - cabinets, furniture, molding, etc. Ash appears less often. It's used in furniture, but is nowhere near as popular as oak and pine/

    That and Ash is more neutral in color than the common Red Oak, so you can stain it with a variety of colors and it doesn't look odd.

    Again, I'm speculating. I'm personally interested in making an oak guitar mainly because it is so commonly available.

    Once I get going on making stuff, I've thought seriously about making an Upnorthcaster from the wood from my mother-in-law's property. She's selling her 40+ acres because it is too difficult to maintain during the winters. I have a few pieces - oak and pine - that were milled on the property, and I took them home. Was planning to make a guitar out of them. I think I'll probably do that for the nostalgia value (when I get done with my current projects), then give it to her when I am done, assuming that I don't ruin them.
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