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Unusual Red oak and poplar top

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Doodleboy, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Doodleboy

    Doodleboy TDPRI Member

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    Jan 9, 2013
    Camden,Ny
    just wondering if black inlays are a good idea.
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  2. Yukon

    Yukon TDPRI Member

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    I like it with the inlays.
     
  3. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2011
    Mobile, AL
    +1...the inlays look good!

     
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  5. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
  6. Picton

    Picton Friend of Leo's

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    Feb 7, 2009
    Reading, Massachusetts
    Add the inlays for a nice surf vibe.
     
  7. tiskit86

    tiskit86 Friend of Leo's

    Jan 6, 2011
    Oakland
    Those inlays make a huge difference in the appeal of that body (IMO).
     
  8. bullfrogblues

    bullfrogblues Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2011
    Southeast Florida
    Yes, much better with the inlays!
     
  9. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    +1 ;)
     
  10. Doodleboy

    Doodleboy TDPRI Member

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    Jan 9, 2013
    Camden,Ny
    I used red oak down the center for two reasons. 1- the bridge screws stay tight and 2- hopefully less tear out when I rout the neck pocket. You guys think a rear rout on this is better or standard control plate?
     
  11. Picton

    Picton Friend of Leo's

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    Feb 7, 2009
    Reading, Massachusetts
    If you use the dark inlays, I'd probably do a rear rout so that it's less disruptive to the pattern. Personally, I'd have no trouble putting a control plate on there without the inlays, but not with them.

    I know that makes no sense, but it's all aesthetic. Are you doing an ashtray bridge or a modern? Given the way the poplar mixes with the oak, I think the control plate would look better with a modern bridge, but YMMV.
     
  12. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Feb 23, 2010
    East Tennessee
    Don't get me wrong, I love the top you've come up with (especially with the inlays) but I'd like to ask a question. When have you (or anyone else here) had problems with poplar not holding bridge screws or having undue tear-out? If you were talking about pine/fir/redwood I could see this reasoning, but poplar? In my experience poplar holds screws at least as good as mahogany and has very little tear-out. Just a little confused here is all :lol:
     
  13. Doodleboy

    Doodleboy TDPRI Member

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    Jan 9, 2013
    Camden,Ny
    I decided to do an ashtray bridge with the normal control plate and ordered a vintage skunk stripe neck to keep the theme. I also decided to keep it simple and use automotive thin pinstripe to accent the center strip. This is only my first build and had to learn a lesson when i had a tear out when routing for the neck. But I'm learning.
     
  14. Doodleboy

    Doodleboy TDPRI Member

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    Jan 9, 2013
    Camden,Ny
    pics will be up soon
     
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