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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by SonicDiveBomb, Sep 8, 2017.
Saw it in half so I can see the inside, then I can tell ya for sure...
Btw, there’s a 1978 on reverb that appears to be ash... wondering if they did in fact use ash in the latter years of the 70’s?
If it's got the original WRHB's whatever wood it is, likely a killer axe. Boat anchor? Probably ash. Had a 70's ash Strat and it weighed a ton.
Mine actually only ways about 8 or 9 lbs... about as heavy as my 2013 american std. so maybe it’s alder after all!
Your dyslexia can be dealt with successfully .
how much does it weigh? Ash is heavy Poplar is light as is alder.
In 70's they did not use alder or poplar, just ash and mahogany, which it is not. Possibly maple, on a stretch.
I was going to ask why you couldn't just tell by the sound, but a friend has 2 killer Schecters made w Northern Ash as opposed to Swamp Ash and they sound much less different compared to Alder. No pop. Did Fender switch Ash species during this period ? ... I ve never seen an Alder that wasn t painted, does the grain look like Ash?
I tend to disagree.
I find that alder, as used in guitars is a middling to middling heavy body wood, and poplar can be a hair lighter in weight, but there's a huge amount of overlap.
Meanwhile, ash is the "could weigh anything" wood. Obscenely heavy, or almost too light for some folks' tastes. And thus, while a few ash Teles are comparable in weight to those of alder and poplar, the ash ones are often the crazy heavy and the cotton candy light weight ones as well.
I think this one is alder.
Strongly doubt this one is ash. And it seems to have too much visible grain on the back, showing through the toner, to be poplar. Worked with a lot of poplar and you see streaks of black, and streaks of "green" but you don't see vivid grain.
The '78 shown later in the thread is clearly quintessential ash. Look at that open grain, where the line is sharp on one side of the pores and tapers off more gradually on the opposing side of the pore line.
As for Fender ever quitting alder altogether, that's just not likely. It is just too useful and the supply is solid.
The figuring on the back sure looks like alder to me.
Please for the love of all that is holy stop with the cheese lefty jokes. They've been beaten into submission years ago.
But a birth year 75 AND a lefty Deluxe??? OMG you got the motherload there! I am extremely jealous! Sorry I can't help you identify the wood, I'm here to envy and that is all. Very sweet guitar!
I definitely got super lucky. Thank you! These are very very hard to find lefty... I actually imported it from Australia!!! It’s the only one on the entire internet I could find
Yeah man, don't I know it. It was a search to get my Custom...definitely not common by any means. Hang on to that baby!
For the record, I'm also a lefty, but for some reason, I play guitar right handed.
Steve Morris too. Great idea. I m a righty too. I made a bass .After just two weeks my right hand fingers could play like a pro jazz bassist. It took my left hand many, many years to get to the same level.