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Why no cherry wood?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Tollehouse Twang, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. Tollehouse Twang

    Tollehouse Twang Tele-Meister

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    I thought about doing a thinline. Or even just chambering. I'll definitely do it with one of the bodies. I've got 8 to experiment with!
     
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  2. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    That's the one that I remember! Obviously my memory for weight isn't very good, as it's a lot less than 10 lbs. Oops.

    I remember it because it's soooo pretty.
     
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  3. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    We might be a small group, but we buy a HELUVA lot of guitars! :D
     
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  4. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    I think a lot of consumers would see a beautiful-wood guitar and then ask what it is. Cherry is traditionally associated with furniture, but there is absolutely no reason it can't be used for great guitars. I have built furniture of cherry, and like how it works. It has a reputation for being blotchy, but I've used several kinds of stains and finishes on it without this problem.
     
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  5. otterhound

    otterhound Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 14, 2008
    Manheim Pa.
    Cherry is a good choice for any type of guitar . I have used it and will continue going forward as the spirit moves me . Martin used it in their SWOMGT and SWDGT models . Sadly , far too many people have been thoroughly brainwashed over the years concerning wood/s . Cherry also smells good when working with it .
     
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  6. R. Stratenstein

    R. Stratenstein Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Aug 3, 2010
    Loganville, Ga.
    Yes! I'd forgotten to mention this. Very briefly, right after a cut, you get an extremely sweet cherry-ish aroma.
     

  7. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's

    Jan 9, 2010
    virginia
    I think the only negative is some weight issues with solid bodies. I build lots of cherry furniture and used it as a top on a semihollowbody years ago. Beautiful wood that ages quickly with light hitting it (darkens)
     

  8. tfarny

    tfarny Tele-Holic

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    Sep 4, 2008
    Hudson Valley, NY
    I found a nice little piece for sale at my lumberyard, bought it and glued up a two piece body blank. Then it's sat for months doing nothing - I'm not much of a guitar builder I guess! But it is a great wood, I did cherry flooring in our home remodel and have a bunch of leftovers for making pedalboards and such.
     

  9. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Wow, I gotta figure out where I got that weird idea now...
     

  10. otterhound

    otterhound Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 14, 2008
    Manheim Pa.
    Cherry is anything but splintery . Very closed pore and closed grain . Along with maple , it can be bent for acoustic sides when flatsawn with reliable success . Cherry makes for a wonderfully satiny feeling neck when finished properly . It's only real drawback is , like maple , it has a tendency to burn fairly easily when using power tools , so be careful and keep moving .
     
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  11. NotAnotherHobby

    NotAnotherHobby Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2015
    Da' Magic Mittin'
    I think it is because the crystals in cherry wood are not properly aligned for unidirectionality of a signal. Therefore, it has a bad tap-tone, and thus is not a good tonewood.

    Just tap a piece and see for yourself.
     
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  12. Beatbx

    Beatbx Tele-Meister

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    Apr 4, 2004
    Eugene, OR
    I just finished this cherry top/redwood body and I love the sound. The Lollar Low Winds don't hurt:^) Cherry's density is comparable to red maple which is a wonderful top wood. IMG_3817.JPG
     

  13. Tollehouse Twang

    Tollehouse Twang Tele-Meister

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    Here's 2 of the pieces sanded back just a little to see the grain. Still lots of saw marks from the mill. These are from a friend who slabbed the tree and it's been sitting for years. He had slabs 20 ft long! Old growth much? So every piece has a live edge! Cut with enough room to make any body I need.
     

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  14. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston
    I'm in the love cherry crowd. It might be one of my favorite woods to work with. I have tons of it. I use the scraps and shavings for smoking. I never burn it as just fuel. I probably get more out of the Cherry that I have than any other wood.
    Book matched Cherry on Mahogany: IMG_4695.JPG

    These 2 are from the same slab. It was purchased by a friend on their way from New York to Mass. The slab was a gift which I turned into 2 lefties to gift back. IMG_4142.JPG

    I also had some Rift/quartered Cherry I used for the necks with maple boards. IMG_4165.JPG
     

  15. jenos

    jenos Tele-Meister

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    I would love a cherry cap on a tele body or an all cherry body... One of my favorite woods.

    Recently I've been GAS'ing for a walnut or poplar burl top single cut.
     
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  16. GearHund

    GearHund Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Apr 9, 2008
    East, Tx
    My Dad used to build furniture. He decided to build something for each of his five kids. I asked for a guitar body. We went to a wood mill where he lived and picked out a big slab of cherry. He made a few things out of it, including this body.

    1112120831a.jpg
     
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  17. NotAnotherHobby

    NotAnotherHobby Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 27, 2015
    Da' Magic Mittin'

    Beautiful grain.
     
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  18. DougM

    DougM Tele-Meister

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    Jul 5, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    Godin uses cherry back and sides for many of their A&L, Seagull, and La Patrie acoustic lines, and Martin's smartwood model also has cherry back and sides. I don't know of any production solidbodies that use cherry.
     

  19. spartan warrior

    spartan warrior Tele-Meister

    The body in the pictures is an English cherry front on a chambered sapele back.

    I'm not sure how English cherry differs from any other nations cherry...

    Tele body - 23.jpg

    But it is beautiful wood to work with, cuts sweetly, sands nicely, and takes a good finish.

    The grain on mine is 'interesting' as opposed to 'startling'

    Tele body - 43.jpg

    Tele body - 45.jpg

    Sound wise... Funnily enough, it sounds like a guitar equipped with Seymour Duncan vintage P90's.
    They sound much the same as when they were fitted to a mahogany body in a previous life.

    I intend using cherry (from some country or another) again in the future.
     

  20. dougstrum

    dougstrum Tele-Meister

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    Oct 6, 2015
    blu ridge mtn cabin
    Some mighty fine looking guitars in this thread!

    I believe the main difference between English and
    American cherry is the accent:)
     
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