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40 years old poplar body blank

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by duym, Sep 29, 2018.

  1. duym

    duym TDPRI Member

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    Hi guys!
    I've found a very old piece of poplar at my grandpa's place, he said that it's 40 years old.
    It's dry like a skull in the desert, it seems very resonant while knocking on it.
    I can easily make a one piece guitar from it (a telemaster/jazzcaster).
    Is it a legit tonewood, if its this old? 42702363_267807393841738_9214586372013162496_n.jpg
     
  2. Edsel Presley

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    Hell yeah
     
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  3. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    That’s going to be great
     
  4. DrBGood

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    Tonewood ? Yeah sure ! :twisted: But it would be nice to have a one piece guitar nowadays.
     
  5. RickyRicardo

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    You bet. Post the build!
     
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    yes, for sure

    I'd inspect for powder post beetles though
     
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    Awesome find! That should make a nice guitar.
     
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    One way to find out.

    Build thread!
     
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    I've gone out of my way more than once to order 1-piece bodies just because they are less common. I just like the mojo even though I'm not sure what they offer. Go for it.
     
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    Its junk!
    just send it to me and I'll take care of disposing

    Fender made lots of student and opaque finish guitars out of poplar

    Welcome aboard too.......
     
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    oh yeah- you might need a router sled to flatten in out if you don't have a planer that wide-or call a local cabinet shop and they should be able to help for $20 or so
     
  12. duym

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    EE8A2505-B7B1-44F2-B865-51A49BF8606C.jpeg It would be a nitro finish vintage guitar like my other builds(above), so grains aren't important. But i hope it will twang!
     
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    For those believing in the sanctified religion of Tone Wood, they will not be swayed from Mahogany, Rosewood, and Ebony. But Pffft! Build enough guitars and you realize that's all a fallacy. Nothing magical about one piece over multi-piece bodies other than few large trees are left to section into a full wide board. Tone is in the builder and in the player.

    Best thing you can do, as you're building that guitar, is ask for the history on the lumber from your grandfather, he will likely enjoy telling all the details. The story is the important bit of old wood like that, that you will tell every time the subject of building your guitar comes up or when someone is admiring it. Count the number of rings across the board, plus the forty it's sat, and find out what was happening in the world when that tree started growing.

    Look up Kelly guitars in New York, that gets wood from local demo jobs, and Wallace guitars in Detroit. Or the guys that build with old salvaged barn lumber.

    ^Nice guitars there.
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    Thanks for your advices.
    I'm going to do that, and after reading your words I'm pretty sure about that this piece of wood will be my new guitar!
     
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    "Proper" humidity for a guitar is alleged to be between 40-50%.

    While it is nice that it has dried out and the wood has naturally aged, roasted, torrefied or whatever the hip term is, you should keep the wood in a properly humidified room for at least a few weeks before shaping it.

    I'm building a 2 piece poplar Partscaster now. It would have actually been a beautiful piece for a translucent finish except for one greenish area on the back.

    It's just a little softer than Alder.
     
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    There are some little holes on the side, i think I can cut it down, but if there are some holes left, what to do?
     
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    You'll need to determine if you have an active infestation (or any infestation). If the holes are unoccupied, just fill them with wood filler...drive on. If it is an active infestation, you'll want to look on the web for ways to deal with it. You're going to paint poplar with a solid color, so you'll never see any filler, etc.

    I almost bought some slabs of poplar for my first Tele build. Local hobby lumberyard had Poplar planks 2" thick X over 20" wide and 12' long.
     
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    If it’s an active infestation if can spread into your workshop. The holes are very small
     
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    Poplar is great! I made a bass body out of Home Depot 1x8s and it is fantastic.

    Can't wait to see what you do with it.
     
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    I would not bother at all worrying about humidity at this point. I don't think that's important to a solidbody. It is likely a very good thing that it is at a stable humidity that matches the ambient conditions where you live. There is a very small chance you might get some movement, and this can be avoided by planning it down to maybe 1/8" over final thickness and then letting it sit 2-3 weeks in the environment it's going to live before you take it down to final thickness.

    What are the current dimensions of the slab?

    Cheers,
    Rex
     
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