Aluminum Based Guitars

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  1. mjstamos

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    I have been into Aluminum guitars for awhile now for both the neck and the body or ideally both. I think it is an under appreciated material for making guitars. I'll post some pictures of current and past builds certainly feel free to chime in with your experience and photos, post'em if you got them! From Left to Right Williams Aluminum Fender Pasrtscaster, Normandy Alumicaster with Bigsby, Electrical Guitar Company Tyranny and a Liquid Metal LMG T With Bigsby.
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    I knew a guy had an aluminum Tele with a leather pickguard......it looked sharp, never got a chance to play it
     
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    From Left to Right Electrical Guitar Company Standard with three humbuckers, Almuniati Orion (owned By Walter Becker) and Electrical Guitar Company Tyranny (those are single coils by the way.. amazing pups)!
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    This is a Tele partscaster with a Robot Graves neck and Mastery Trem. I just put this together probably need to swap the bridge but otherwise this one is close!
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    Don't have one myself but I sure enjoy listening to this Travis Bean model:

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    That’s what got me started... a bean I played many years ago!
     
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    I always wanted a chrome left handed parker fly , that would rock , but parker never made lefties!
     
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    Unfortunately no personal experience, but have been fascinated by them since learning that this guy plays them (Duane Denison).

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    Duane is a total aluminum axe head even has his own signature model! Great player too!
     
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    I had a Parker never thought about it but yeah they never did make lefties! That sucks!
     
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    I have a Dunable R2 with a Robot Graves neck. A little neck heavy...
     

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    That is a beauty I really like their builds! Yes all the solid necks are heavy and often they neck dive a bit unless the body is pretty heavy too! I really like the Aluminati Necks really light and still have the aluminum snap and chime.
     
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    Did you make those ones in your first post?
     
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    No, good point though I will edit the post and put a bit more into.
     
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    Somewhere around here I have pix of an all-metal banjo thought to have been made in the 1860s. The neck and peghead were hollow, beautifully crafted out of "german silver" (a high nickel brass). First time I played it all I could think of was that it was very cold to the touch. There were some aluminum necked ones made in the 1960s by Merlin...absolute crap. The Brits experimented with aluminum banjos around the turn of the century, some are beautifully anodized, engraved, etc.

    IIRC, there was an aluminum necked guitar in the old mom & pop music store where I used to hang out. I wasn't interested enough to mess with it.
     
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    Those are gorgeous I would love to play one of those!
     
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    There are Upright bases made in Germany I think in the 30's it goes way back! The dobro and national guitars started in the 20's. There is a fairly long history of aluminum in stringed instruments especially for parts!
     
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    All aluminum Flying V with Normandy Body and Aluninati Neck!
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    Here is the Williams partscaster from above with an Alef Aluminum neck on it and all polished up!
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