First Guitar Build

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  1. sosay

    sosay Tele-Afflicted

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    HELLO ALL,SO I AM LOOKING INTO MAKING MY FIRST GUITAR,MABE A TELE, NOT SURE YET,WILL BE DECIDED LATER BUT FIRST I NEED MY TIMBER AND I AM WONDERING WHAT TIMBER TO BUY/ WHERE TO PURCHASE IT FROM,PRICE RANGE/ BUY ONLINE? / ANY HELP ON THESE MATTERS WOULD BE SO HELPFULL, AND I WILL GO FROM THERE,THERE IS A TIMBER YARD NOT FAR FROM ME WITH WOODS LIKE,
    OAK
    POPLAR
    UTILE
    ASH
    AMERICAN CHERRY
    IROKE
    SAPELE
    WALNUT
    RED DEAL
    WESTERN RED CEDAR
    IF ANYONE HAS USED WOODS LIKE THESE I WOULD BE GREATFULL IF YOU TELL ME YOUR EXPERIENCE ,
    CHEERS FOR NOW.
     
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    Welcome! BUT STOP YELLING!

    Do it with a different wood than most guitars are made of. Like Iroke, never heard of that.
     
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    THANKS LOL, yeh never heard of it myself,have you made guitars before?
     
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    My recent tele was with walnut, I am more than impressed with the warmth and sustain. It is a thin line so did cut the weight down, coming in around 7.5 lbs.
     
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    is that it in the pic?well it looks amazing if it is,
     
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    is that it in the pic? if it is its amazing,good job
     
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    I say Ash, American Cherry, or Sapele.

    Poplar is you still like your tools being sharp.
     
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    Many of those woods are not going to be particularly lightweight. I did a walnut neck through with semi hollow sides and a cherry top and back. It is in the avatar to the left. If you can get Linden, that is our Basswood. That is easy to work and lightweight. The poplar isn't that attractive unless you like green and yellow tints, however it is similar to alder in grain pattern and workability. I've used Sapele and I'm not a fan. I'd go for the genuine tropical American/ Honduran mahogany if you can afford the price. It's usually about 2x the cost over sapele or khaya. It's like working with butter.
     
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    ok i just done my first price up on my new to be telecaster,im still not sure about the body but somthing like, honduras mahogany body/ wenge body top/ mahogany arm/ african ebony fretboard,all adding up to 183 euro post inc,yeh about the body i think i want it to be a white wood or similar,as it goes well with the dark wenge top, if anyone knows of cheaper dealers in america,feel free to drop me a line,cheers.
     
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    A nice pine tele never hurt. i made my first one( in pic) with pine 2x6 and a 1/4 inch maple top.
     
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    i just found a timber providers only an hour drive away,strahan timber and builder providers but i may have to do the neck fully through as they might not cut down without charging through the roof,and would be more of a challenge being my first build,if i have to i will,yeh it looks great buddy,nice job,hope mine turns out as good,i want to use exotic woods i have my mind set on wenge top,mabe sycamore body,gona ring them tomorrow and see if they will give me what i want.and just looking at zebrano timber also like it.they have some really nice binding there to,oooh im getting goosebumps lol,
     
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    ooooooooh yesss,cheers doc,you just made my day,no way dejavou, i just bought a Takamine GN20CE,and a VOX Valvetronix VT40X,so now i have to go back down the pub to have my third celebration pint lol, i had the choice of a low end martin for 950euro or what i took home for 830eu and 4 packs of strings,and still got dosh for timber for the new build hehe,im on a roll,now time for a celebration song,
     
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    hay i am about to send an e-mail with measurements of these woods to a providers near me,what are your thoughts cheers,
    BODY-SYCAMORE--17" BY 14" BY 35mm

    TOP/BLANC- SPALTED BEACH--17" BY 14" BY 10mm

    ARM-MAHOGANY--2ft 3" by 23mm

    fretboard-african walnut-- 1ft 9" by6mm


    telecaster
     
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    ok cheers,i will see what price he sends back and go from there,thanks
     
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    i got the reply i was looking for dismorning,and it it's a winner,
    Sycamore 24" - 14" - 35mm = 28eu
    Spalted beach 24" - 14" - 10mm = 29eu
    Mahogany 36" - 5" - 23mm = 12.30eu
    American Black Walnut - 24" - 3" - 6mm = 11eu = 80.30eu
    im happy with that,its a lot better then 230eu from england,ok i dont have my wenge top,but hay it's my first build,and hope the spalted beach has a nice grain on it.
     
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    after two long weeks my firs to be telecaster arrived
     
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    [​IMG] exotic telecaster.jpg
    Nell takes a Telesonic smell.
     
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