1950 Double Esquire Build

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... Why do you say quarter-sawn maple is a tone killer?
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From my experience, QS is not as rich sounding as FS.
I try to use Half QS on the treble side and flat on the bass side on all my builds. This gives me the best results and neck stability. This is my own opinion and I know many love QS... I just don't...
 

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Hi preeb, Great thread as always. I was wondering about the neck having no truss rod does this affect the tone in a positive way or is there no difference?
I've made a couple of pinecasters and never felt the need to grainfill. Just a couple of coats of sanding sealer does fine.
Keep up the great work.

Thanks junk mutt.
I obviously expect it to sound different without the rod in there...
This guitar is exactly the way Leo planned it and I trust his designs blindly.
 

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aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!


Gil Yaron, back to the primitive!!!!


Finally!


You are going to so love this guitar!
Just mark my words.




Succes met de bouw van deze gitaar!


Groetjes,
 

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Yay! Another Gil Yaron build thread to drool over! :p

Is this the Esquire you've been promising yourself to make for months now, for your own use? Looking forward to the rest of it. Thanks!
 

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The only thing missing in this build so far is the obligatory sandwich. Another mesmerizing build thread though. Thanks!
 

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The neck looks like it's sitting really high in the pocket, is that normal? Are you going to have any issues with the bridge with saddle adjustment?
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that is one fine looking chunk of stuff.

Great job and once again, thanks for sharing!
 

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Yay! Another Gil Yaron build thread to drool over! :p
Is this the Esquire you've been promising yourself to make for months now, for your own use? Looking forward to the rest of it. Thanks!

Yes it is funff... but unfortunately I'm not going to keep it... I simply have way too many instruments and I'm going to let most of them go... I only need my 56 P-Bass (posted here too) in order to focus on playing rather than guitar collecting + I have to make room for "real life" domestic things other than guitars if you know what I mean (-;

And NO... it's not my wife asking me to do it... it's my own decision. She actually loves guitars and knows more about vintage stuff than the average player... + she's going to start helping me with the pu's soon.
 

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The neck looks like it's sitting really high in the pocket, is that normal? Are you going to have any issues with the bridge with saddle adjustment?
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Yes. Normal. some early ones had a 1/2" deep pocket... I did 9/16".
Actually... the height adjustment issues started when they changed to 5/8"...
This is too low for the 5/16" saddles and that's why they had to shave the E and e undersides and eventually went to 1/4" saddles in 1954.
 

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i have flatsawn necks,a quartersawn,and a flatsawn capped.
But i hear no difference in these necks.
The quartersawn is the biggest one of all of em.
They feel different and q is waaaaay stiffer then all the others.
 

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That's it for now... I'll cut the steel saddles tomorrow.
BTW, I have a little question...
Does pine need pore filling? I never used pine before and I'm not sure about this...

Yellow pine does... a little.
Do it for good measure anyway's, couple coats of shellac usually does the job

your's is yellopine no?



Others species like sugar and oregon mostly do not.
 

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i have flatsawn necks,a quartersawn,and a flatsawn capped.
But i hear no difference in these necks.
The quartersawn is the biggest one of all of em.
They feel different and q is waaaaay stiffer then all the others.

Comparing 2 necks is not enough to establish a statement.
I had quite a few built and almost all of them sounded too muffled.
I also hear the same muffled tone in other instruments (I don't wish to name the brand... but a rather big one it is...). Fender never used QS in the days.
 

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Yellow pine does... a little.
Do it for good measure anyway's, couple coats of shellac usually does the job
your's is yellopine no?

Others species like sugar and oregon mostly do not.

OK, Thanks. Yes, it's our local yellow pine (everywhere you spit in Israel you hit a pine tree)... but I can't see any open grain in it, it looks 100% smooth.
I'm not sure, but I think it's the better sounding one too... isn't it? it supposed to be fuller sounding with better highs as a result of its density. I'm just speculating but I'll definitely try other types as well. I just ordered 5 blanks of feather weight clean white pine and I'll give it a try when it arrives.
 




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