Cherry wood

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  1. mangus

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    Hi there,
    I bought 7.5 feet by 2.5 feet of sweet cherry with a thickness of 4" for about 35 bucks and I'm inclined towards making guitars out of it but I've never worked with cherry wood so I would like to ask those of you who have if it would be a good idea to make necks and bodies of it or if I should resaw it and use it for tops.

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  2. guitarbuilder

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    I made a cherry strat neck once. It was a nice wood to use for that.
     
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    Thank you! maybe I can try to make a cheaper guitar like your brilliant one.
     
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    Fine banjos are often made from cherry, necks and rims.
    eg this Buckeye #177
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    Great wood for about any guitar. Works and sounds similar to mahogany.
     
  6. mangus

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    Thanks. Guitar time..
     
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    Cherry is a dream to work, neck, body, top, good for any of those.
    It's a pretty wood and smells nice while cutting.
    For $35 man you got a great deal!
     
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    cherry is a nice hardwood, and very traditional for instrument making. I think you'll have a good time working with this material, whatever you choose to build.
     
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    Cherry is one of my favorite wood species. Please do note that a 4" thick board "may" have moisture concerns if it wasn't dried properly and long enough. Many years if air dried, but still a bit of time if air dried followed by kiln drying to finish. If it's not dried properly, it's going to move a lot when you resaw it.
     
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    As said, a great wood to work with and makes gorgeous guitars. I have used it for both necks and bodies with great success. They only thing that requires extra work is when you get a board with sap pockets or streaks. You have to fill them with something of choice or the finish will perpetually sink in. I use CA for it.

    Body and neck are both cherry. The individual neck is cherry. The last one is a cherry neck as well as cherry body sandwiched between 2 maple tops.
    I use it anytime I get a chance.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Eric
     
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    I use splits from my friend's cherry tree to smoke meats.

    I wonder why we don't see much in the way of cherry instruments? It's nice, hard, dense wood, seems like it would be a great tonewood.
     
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    That’s what I was thinking if it doesn’t turn out to be good music wood the op could always smoke with it
     
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    I built a scroll-y fainting couch with cherry a few years ago. Very nice to work with.
     
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    Wish I did, but don't know the first thing about woodworking, but the Godin 5th Ave Kingpin I have is cherry and is a great sounding hollow body!
     
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    Cherry for the body....excellent. Cherry for the neck....maybe? It sure isn't as strong as a rock maple, but if using light strings I don't see why it couldn't handle the job.
     
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    Amen, love my Kingpin as well.
     
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    I thought this piece was pretty spanky but I haven't found just the right home for it yet[​IMG]
     
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    My friend has a 30+ yr old Seagull acoustic with cherry back and sides that sounds wonderful.
     
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    Mmmmmmmm........[​IMG]

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