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I Built a Particle Board Telecaster (and Compared it to Swamp Ash!)

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Cody_J, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. KyAnne

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    Great job. Great Pickin'.
     
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    I hope not! I'm going to have to buy up all of the OSB and corner the market so I can drive the price up now! (Jokes).
     
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    Nice.

    I think the fact that people even have to listen closely to make a call speaks volumes.

    I’m-a go play my plywood Bullet now...
     
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    I had a bullet that I honestly regret selling, funnily enough!
     
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    enlightening.
    Well done.
    Thank you for that.
     
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    As Ron Kirn says: "Guys, wood is wood, and as I stated in the diatribe about necks, it doesn’t matter what wood you choose, a S-type is still going to sound like an S and a T-type will always sound like the T."
     
  7. Cody_J

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    Well said and agreed!
     
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    I too Thought the OSB was just a little brighter but that could be due to a very slight difference in playing. Which by the way, was most excellent ! Goes to show that probably the most important component in how a guitar sounds are the two tools attached below the wrist.
     
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    Thank you so much! And I agree that what you play and how you play it is far more important than the particular gear you're using!
     
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    I've been debating about screwing together a strat on an old plywood squier body I have laying around.
    This was just the kick I needed to give myself permission.
    Thanks!
     
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    This was fun, thanks for taking the time to put it all together.
    What were the drawbacks that would lead you to state the above?
    Did you have any trouble getting the screws to grip the uneven material?
    I think it's a great look.
     
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    The results are not really that surprising! So many vids online of individuals making electric guitar bodies out of crayons, or (in an extreme case) cement. They all sound so close that I can't believe that there are still those out there that believe that the wood choice has THAT much to do with the tone. After differences in amp, room acoustics, play style, gain level, there just isn't much evidence. No one in the front row is going to notice a difference either.

    Thank you for the entertaining video!
     
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    Nicely done. I've been arguing for years that "tonewood" is a bunch of Bushwa, and I like this because it cofirms my own experience with having built a couple dozen guitars, including a bass and a guitar built out of Home Depot plywood. Stamnp out corksniffery!
     
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    Do it!! Very cool.
     
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    Umm, lately my own craftsmanship. I would definitely want to finish it with some kind of clear finish in order to stop getting splinters and chips. However, this was also my first time cutting out a body like this, so there are certainly some shortcomings in the build that would lead me to worry about the longevity of the body (in other words, I'd be afraid that it would blast into a million pieces in the middle of the night! haha).
     
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    Heck, I can't tell the difference in guitars, pickups or speakers in on line comparisons even with my headphones. But I CAN tell after playing something live right there with me.
    I think that's what this whole tone thing is about really.... nuance you play and feel while actually doing it.
    I have built amps that I loved , taken it to a gig and find it unusable entirely.
    Ditto for old speakers etc.

    But yeah, on line? I cant tell anything.
     
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    Nice picking! Youtube is not the best for evaluating how things really sound, but it definitely works to display how close these two bodies are. I definitely could hear a difference between the two on my monitors. The Swamp ash had noticeably more low end, which is what made the OSB sound brighter I think. I definitely preferred the Swamp ash, but had this been a blind test, who knows. The OSB was not bad, which may or may not surprise some folks.
     
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    What I really want to know is did you put a "thin skin" finish on the OSB so the wood chips could really breathe? :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    Definitely! While playing them, they felt very different. Which, I think people would argue might change the way someone would play the guitar overall, which can affect the sound.
     
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    I'm glad you put the laughing emoji after that! Haha.

    Also, I agree that YouTube definitely changes your audio a bit during the processing of a video. However, you hit the nail on the head with what you said. I will also repeat what others have said, which is that it is similar to when you track a guitar part, listen to it in the mix, then it gets mastered.. That is definitely processing that happens after the fact as well. I'm not sure someone would be able to distinguish between the two tracks under those circumstances either.
     
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