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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. TX_Slinger

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    yeah, my traditional style tele is a dense plywood and it sounds great. Teles don't need fancy wood!
     
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    I really enjoyed this response. You made some really good points here, and I greatly appreciate it!
     
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    Agreed!
     
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    First pine. Now particle board. What's next? Drywall? Cardboard? Plaster?
     
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    One problem is, try as they might, a lot of people will hear with their eyes, not their ears alone.
    A truly blind comparison would be very telling.
     
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    Well, I hear a difference; and I would have known which sound I preferred without seeing the guitars. i won’t tell you which one I preferred just to keep out of that debate.
    I appreciate the effort you put into this experiment. I will observe that I like to hear EXACT comparisons. For instance, in the four chord change comparison, you play a G on the ash, an Em on the OSB, a C on the ash, and a D on the OSB guitar....I would want to hear a direct comparison.....either play all four chords on one guitar then the other or play each chord on both guitars before playing next chord.
     
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    The difference is pretty clear to me, although not night and day of course.
    Like @Wally said, because preference is subjective, which one I preferred is irrelevant. But I too know which one I like the best, especially on the bridge pickup.

    Thank you for taking the time to do this, it’s really interesting and very well done!
     
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    A drywallcaster sounds exceedingly messy! Haha. After posting this, someone sent me a link to a person's youtube page who made a concrete telecaster. I can only imagine the neck pain after a gig with that! Haha.
     
  9. strat a various

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    That is too cool! Now build a combo cab the same way, let's settle this "pine" debate.
     
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    Thanks for the chuckles, Stratavarious! As if this debate will ever be resolved......eeeehaw....
     
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  11. strat a various

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    Fender Sub-floor Deluxe
     
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    With as many different series names as Fender has had over the years, we’d probably need to check to make sure that hasn’t been used before. Haha.
     
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    Oh man... I can only imagine how much I’d botch that woodworking! Haha.

    Jokes aside, I think a video switching cabs around could be a lot of fun at some point!
     
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    Nice! Thank you for this video! Can we now lay down the tone wood debacle for a Tele body to rest? It's all in our heads. Close your eyes and listen. Quit lying to yourself. No detectable difference. Keep on pickin!
     
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    Get some of these and some Titebond III. Measure an existing cab, cut to measured dimensions, glue it and screw in the braces. Easy peasy. (hint: put glue in the screw holes and behind the braces).

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    I don’t mind saying I liked the tone of the swamp ash build a lot better.
     
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    I could hear no significant differences between the two guitars but I don't have oscilloscopes for ears. I want to believe in the concept of tone woods (for solid body electrics) in much the same way that I wanted to believe in Santa Claus as a kid. Or for you X Files fans "I want to believe". If Leo had used bakelite for bodies we'd probably all be arguing about the tonal differences in old plastic versus new. The choice of wood for a solid body guitar may make some difference but likely the choice of electrics, pick ups, and amp make up the most important and tweakable elements of that which we broadly refer to as tone. Great video and great playing.
     
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    Couldnt tell a difference at all honestly . I dont have my headphones on me and am listening on my phone, so I've literally got it up to my ear where I can't see the video, a true blind test lol. After listening for a bit and waiting for a guitar change, I looked at the video and wa
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    surprised to see that he'd been switching between the two already .
     
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    I was listening through nice headphones and couldn’t not hear a difference. Only in the final bridge pickup example did they converge, because the staccato nature of the playing equalized them.

    I would guess the difference would be even greater listening in a room with a real amp.
     
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    I’m on the other side and I can’t understand why there is even a controversy!

    Edit: about tone woods, not Santa Claus
     
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