"Deep Water" Telecaster

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  1. dougstrum

    dougstrum Tele-Afflicted

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    That's an amazing piece of wood, never seen grain like it, looks like it is moving water!
    Gonna be a beautiful guitar! Bet you'll get great tremolo out of it:cool:
     
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  2. jkingma

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    I've decided to make the neck and fretboard out of the same wood. This may be a crap shoot but I'm going to give it a go.

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    I wonder about stability of a neck made with such wild grain.

    Perhaps a straight grained wood with color that would compliment the body?

    Cherry is very stable, might be a good choice?
     
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    Anyone have any knowledge regarding why some logs headed to the lumber mill sank? I was reading about ebony a while back and the piece indicated that it was the only wood that didn't float. Obviously, that is not the complete story. It also seems weird that some logs would start out floating and then give up and sink.
     
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    I've made necks from maple with much wilder grain than this so I'm not really worried about it. If it doesn't work I'll just make one from something else. Because of the width of one of the boards at one end, there is an ideal sized piece for a neck so I'm going to give it a try. No harm, no foul.
     
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    ore maybe use carbon rods to stiffen it up?
     
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    I've made pine and basswood necks. Other than the dinging they take, they work fine. This should be no different if it is dry. It looks like a good place for a rasp.
     
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    The beauty of the bolt on neck!
     
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  9. jkingma

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    Resawing this board was a bit of a pain, but I got it done. My bandsaw just doesn't have the muscle for really hard woods. Anyway, I've roughed out the neck and fretboard.

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    Man that's pretty!
     
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    Beautiful, reminds me of "The Tree" from Honduras/Belize. Though it made many high end conference tables, it also made tone wood (mahogany) for many fancy guitars. "The Tree" look it up.
     
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    I'm very familiar with "The Tree". My son is a classical and flamenco guitar builder in Spain and he has at least one back & side set in his inventory.
     
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    That must have been a massive birch tree... An epic piece.

    I've been mountain biking & hiking through birch groves and stopping to take photos of them when I was more into photography.. I'm not sure I've ever seen one here in in New England that would be large enough to get that log/board out of.

    Must be cause everything was clearcut or something and old growth birch is bigger?

    Very cool.. I would just wonder if that unfinished edge on the body would get annoying when playing.
     
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    Regarding the neck stability, out here notoriously unstable Hemlock is "mined" from lakes. After being submerged for 40-50 years it mills up and stays straight as the submersion relieves the tension. I'm hoping your neck will be the same.
    Great project!!!
     
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    Just thinking......

    DehumidifiedCaster

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    Wade
     
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    Top marks for the unique concept John! It is going to be truly unique, even if you have to rent a small crane to hold it in position to play it!:D

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    A marginal connection to the OP but this is one of my favourite songs

    Edit: he normally plays his tele on this..
     
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    put the body on a scale n let us see how much.. i guess in the 11-14lb range

    routing out for pups should knock off a few lbs.. a hollowbody heavily routed style could cut it in half to bout 8 -9 lbs?

    but yes a nice piece of wood...:)
     
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