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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by hardie775, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. hardie775

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    Looking to start another project. after stripping and finishing the last one, it was nothing short of heaven.
    anyway what's ya'all take on these pine bodies. I'm just shopping around a bit, looking at my options and this is one.
    Does pine make a worthy tele body?
     
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    Search the threads. You'll find that pine is one of the most popular body materials talked about here.
     
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  5. Mike Simpson

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    Arlo is the Pinemaster... listen to his youtube stuff on pine guitars. Also if you are looking for a body TDPRI member "guitarbuilder" aka Pinemart sometimes has a pine body for sale in the TDPRI commercial items classified section.

    Pine can be light, have good grain and if all else is done well can make a great sounding guitar. The only possible downside is that pine is a little softer than some other woods and if you drop it or bang it around you can dent the wood.

    My #1 guitar is a Pinecaster... my favorite...
    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/telecaster-discussion-forum/82576-simpson-pine-partscaster.html

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  6. iansmitchell

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    Pine will work. Hell, it's good enough for taylor and benedetto, good enough for leo himself!
     
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    Isn't it soft and will ding ?

    There is no way you could keep screws in it without it stripping the hole.

    Better think about that.
     
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    What's the point of using pine?
    Ash and Alder sounds as good as pine does plus they are less prone to dings and dents.
     
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    Pine is cheap, in fact where I live, even free. It is amazing just how many off cuts of pine from roofing timbers are the right length for a Tele body.
     
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    I'm kidding........

    I've used everything......PINE is fine here at So.ILL.......In fact its really all I use as of late........Zero problems.......lightweight but the tone is there.........not all pine is the same..........



    Give me pine just about every time.

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    Havent you built quite a few pine guitars? :confused:
     
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    I was joking......but,there is alot of stuff tyhrown out there and most is done by onesw whom never have played or held a pinebody guitar.
     
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    I like Pine... I been playing a Pinecaster as my main guitar for a couple of years.

    With an Allparts TMO-fat neck my pinecaster weighs 6.8 lbs.
     
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    Thats the magic number for me BMS.........under 7#'s.........and the right pine can hang very well with Swamp ash....Good stuff....each his own.
     
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    Pine is extremely easy to work with as well. Easier on tools, easier to sand, and readily available in sizes needed. Sucks spending 100+$ on an ash or alder tele blank when you can spend less than that for a pine board and get 5 bodies out of it.
     
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    My Piney is my favorite guitar. My 65 Strat is my backup.

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    No wonder people love pine so much...
    Someone like me who has no skill and tool to build a body probably wouldn't
    benefit from it...
     
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    Strat800, Do you guys have Pine big enough to cut for a one piece body's in Japan? I would love to see some pics if you do.

    As far as wood species and dents I think any species is prone to denting in my experience.

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    Even Poplar will dent pretty good if you have a stupid moment.

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    Even my 52RI MIJ Tele is prone to dents and dings.

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    I think the softness of Pine does lend a little extra effort when a mishap occurs but in my experience with building Pine guitars they are not so bad that I would reconsider using Pine. It is an excellent wood for light weight and tone. My Pine guitars look and sound excellent but are just as vulnerable as any guitar to stupid human tricks.

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    Pine it's not just for the doghouse, tree house or construction crews. It's an excellent wood for guitar building. IMO ;-)
     
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    What species of pine are most people using?
     
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    Eastern white pine is commonly used
     
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    Just this morning, I bought a pine-bodied Tele with a vintage Strat vibrato rout from Marty (guitarbuilder). I can't wait to finish and assemble it. (And play it. :p)

    I must admit that the Strat vibrato rout initially sold me on it, not the wood. (I love a Tele with a Strat-style vibrato; never cared too much for Bigsbys on Teles.) But, when I started thinking about the wood, I remembered that there are several builders and players on the TDPRI--guys who really know their stuff--who are crazy about pine. So I think I did OK all the way around.

    If pine is good enough for Arlo, it's certainly good enough for me. ;)

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