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What to do with this pice of wood?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Jim Beam, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Jim Beam

    Jim Beam Tele-Meister

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    Sep 25, 2012
    New Mexico
    A friend gave me this piece of gorgeous waterfall Bubinga, but it's wider than it is long. Not quite long enough to use for a top. Would I be crazy to orient it sideways in order to get a top out of it? Any other ideas or suggestions?

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  2. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You could probably get 4 Tele pickguards out of it.
     
  3. mojoatomic

    mojoatomic Tele-Holic

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    Dec 28, 2011
    Horn Lake, MS
    Could split it down the center and add a contrasting wood in the middle and make a top.
     
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  5. OpenG Capo4

    OpenG Capo4 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 4, 2010
    Athens, GA
    Headstock veneers.

    Pickguards / control cavity covers.

    Knife / tool handles.
     
  6. Ripthorn

    Ripthorn Tele-Holic

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    You could give it to me! Or follow John's advice and make some awesome pickguards out of it.
     
  7. hemingway

    hemingway Friend of Leo's

    Mar 14, 2012
    London, UK
    Sideways top sounds good to me.
     
  8. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
    cut it in half and make an offset body?
     
  9. Jim Beam

    Jim Beam Tele-Meister

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    Sep 25, 2012
    New Mexico
    'Splain, Lucy. Offset body?
     
  10. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Feb 23, 2010
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    These are offset guitar bodies



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  11. Jim Beam

    Jim Beam Tele-Meister

    196
    Sep 25, 2012
    New Mexico
    Thanks. So, cut it in half and slide the top half forward of the bottom half and re-glue?

    Any thoughts on using it sideways? The grain is so curly it's hard to imagine much movement along the grain when humidity changes.
     
  12. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Feb 23, 2010
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    Yep

    I wouldn't, but that's me
     
  13. guitarbuilder

    guitarbuilder Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 30, 2003
    Ontario County
  14. gitlvr

    gitlvr Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2008
    Northern Va.
    Guitarbuilder's idea is a good one.
    But if you wanted to build a tele or strat, or other non-offset design, Mojoatomic's got the right idea. Split it down the middle and put a contrasting piece of wood in the center. And don't cover it up with a pickguard.
     
  15. TheFullMonty

    TheFullMonty Tele-Holic

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    Dec 27, 2012
    Arizona
    Salt and pepper shakers.
     
  16. Randyw

    Randyw TDPRI Member

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    you could cut several pieces out of it shaped like jigsaw puzzle and add other wood to them to make a jigsaw guitar.
     
  17. SacDAve

    SacDAve Friend of Leo's

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    Dec 23, 2009
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  18. metecem

    metecem Tele-Afflicted

    or an electric parlor guitar....
     
  19. twick

    twick Tele-Meister

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    Nov 26, 2011
    Tallahassee Fl.
    i would resaw that and make a book matched top!! nice stick o wood!
     
  20. Jim Beam

    Jim Beam Tele-Meister

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    Sep 25, 2012
    New Mexico
    I can resaw it, but I don't think that's going to make it any longer....
     
  21. TheZ

    TheZ Tele-Meister

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    Nov 13, 2009
    Northwest USA
    I'd vote for making a smaller bodied instrument. That wood is too nice to be compromised!
     
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