Custom Shop Road Show- Beetle Kill Pine

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by coloradojeff, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. coloradojeff

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    Saw these two beauties at the Road Show the other night. Drop dead gorgeous...and naturally they sound incredible. Guess I should mention that Greg Koch was playing them.... :) White/gray with sky blue stripes.

    beetle kill strat tele.jpg
     
  2. El Tele Lobo

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    Wow! I love the coloring in these!
     
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    Here's another close up iPhone photo... Beetle tele 2.jpg
     
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    And naturally, I just bought a new CS Tele two weeks ago....
     
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    Hey Jeff, do you know anything about the name? Did they explain it? "Beetle Kill Pine" is certainly different. I like it.
     
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    Kill beetle pine is wood from a tree that was killed by a bug that wipes out pine trees.
     
  7. coloradojeff

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    As fenderchamp said, the Bark Beetle has been a nightmare (at least here in Colorado) that wiped out thousand of acres of trees. The beetle lays its eggs in the bark of a pine tree and a fungus from the beetle kills the tree. The fungus grows through the tree, causing blue/gray colored striping. The wood was considered useless but is now all the rage (naturally). I paneled a wall in a previous house with beetle kill pine and it looked incredible. Both of these guitars are very light and amazingly resonant. Wildwood is going to offer them through the Custom Shop but only as Master Built models (so think $7-8,000)
     
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    They look kinda “splinter-ey”.
     
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    Absolutely smooth as a teenager's thigh....
     
  10. Joe M

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    Very cool looking gits...interesting that Koch was playing them; I thought, since he's now endorsing his Reverend Gristlemaster model, that he had no more connection with Fender.
     
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    Sounds hot.

    What's his name?


     
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    Well poop. This thread made me register and make my first post...

    I've had some beetle kill pine drying in my garage for the last 7 years and this week I decided to use it to build a tele. I've got the body blank glued up and planed down and I was just poking around to order some pickguards so I can finalize the grain orientation I want. I've been planning on using a black 3 ply guard with a maple neck, but these photos are making me second guess everything. I realize the guards are copper (which I'm not a fan of) but in the 1st pic they look white and it just looks fantastic with the rosewood neck.

    I was toying with the idea of using a black 69 thinline style guard instead of the standard style just to do something different, but I planned on ordering both in black to help with the decision. This will not be a thin line though... solid body, maybe a belly cut.

    With a body that has the same coloring of the posted tele but with no knots, what are your opinions on:
    White guard or black?
    Standard guard or 69 Thinline?
    Maple or Rosewood board? (For playing, I like them equally, so just curious about aesthetics.

    Thanks!
     
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    White standard guard for sure! Board, I'd say whichever you prefer to play on.
     
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    There are millions of dead Bark Beetle infested pine trees in the Western US. There has to be some good from such an ecological disaster as this.
     
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    With so much of this beetle kill lumber available, why the exorbitant prices? Can’t cost any extra to make than normally harvested pine or maybe I’m not seeing it?
     
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    I think it's just demand. It used to be dirt cheap and states were looking at burning or grinding PILES of felled trees. But once somebody figured out that people will pay for it...

    Bottom line, if you want it, it will cost more.
     
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    Canada, too. Insects are no respecters of borders.
     
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    I get that premise but if there is so much of it, somebody could add a modest markup and sell many more than gouging folks at $7k a clip to sell a few ...
     
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    Well there's a creepy simile.
     
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    this is the grossest thing I’ve heard today
     
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