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Is there a “preferred” grain pattern on Teles?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by dscottyg, Jan 20, 2021.

  1. dscottyg

    dscottyg TDPRI Member

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    I’ve always been trying to find unique but organized grain patterns on butterscotch blonde Telecasters, like a bunch of stacked Vs On the left side of the body (When the guitar is standing upright). Or maybe a cool wavy pattern like a lava lamp or marble that’s less organized. But now I’m thinking maybe it’s nice to just have straight lines across the whole top to where you can’t even tell where the wood pieces join up. Is one style more highly sought after? What’s your preference? 935407C9-87E1-43B5-986F-4CB6D93F1F48.jpeg
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  2. Fuggle

    Fuggle Tele-Meister

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    I like unique wavy patterns, maybe with a delicate knothole. Straight up-and-down pinstripes don’t really do it for me.
     
  3. brookdalebill

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    I prefer mine with lots of grain.
    It’s light, and one piece, too.
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  4. jvin248

    jvin248 Doctor of Teleocity

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    ... You need to have the grain fairly straight and not swirly or the notes can't get out! ;)

    Look for grain that catches your eye. Every piece of wood is unique like a snowflake. Just enjoy them all.

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  5. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    I like grain matching on multi-piece bodies that makes the seams less noticeable.
     
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    I don't care all that much, but if I'm given the choice, at no additional cost, I think I'd go with something a bit wilder than straight lines. From the ones you posted, the second would easily be my choice.

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  7. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    Should look like a good piece of ash.

    Not sure there’s any “preferred” pattern; if you look through the Blackguard book, for example, there’s no particular pattern. If anything, the blonde finish somewhat subdues the grain. Subtle, but still present.

    Like most folks, I prefer my choice - because, good wood.

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  8. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    I’m not too particular.
    Just so I can see the grain.
    I do have an affinity for ash bodied guitars.
     
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    I've always had a preference for a grain pattern that starts with rye, swirls into sorghum, morphs into barley and punctuates with buckwheat.

    It's quite eye catching and can be baked during a food shortage.

    I shouldn't drink in the morning even when I've worked all night.:(
     
  10. Fenderdad1950

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    There seems to be no consensus one one prefered grain for a aTele body. That said if a player is looking for one particular grain pattern, then a supplier like Warmoth is your best bet.:D
     
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    i just like the grain to be really big and apparent. it can do whatever it wants to do.
     
  12. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    It depends on the wood you want to use. Different woods tend to have different grain patterns. I, personally, like pine...lots of variance there, but it still tends to look like pine in most cases.
     
  13. shallbe

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    Not for me. I do like it when the wood joint is so seamless you cant tell if it is a one piece body until you look at the side. My very light 2 piece body below.

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    I appreciate the quarter sawn look of all straight grains, but that really requires a 3-4 piece body. In 1-2 pieces I think some of that grain is going to have to be that cathedral pattern.

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    "Is there a 'preferred' grain pattern on...butterscotch blonde Telecasters?" I dunno...

    "What's your preference?" Okay, that I can answer. If we're talking BSB, this...

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    If we're talking "on teles" as the thread title states, then on a finish other than butterscotch blonde, it's this...

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    I would only buy vertical straight grain. I don’t like the look of plain sawn ash. I actually prefer painted telecasters, but if I did get one with the grain visible it would be quatersawn!
     
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    I think they can all look good, except I'd prefer one without knots.

    And I cannot tell you how disappointed I am that this has not yet devolved into an argument over "tone-grain"!!!
     
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    I’m a fan of intense grain patterns and dark stains. This is my pine tele with some well seasoned wood. DE16035F-BF77-4DB1-8C64-272B552BE2B7.jpeg 415D39E1-10EB-410A-BE3A-8B4A2F7C2423.jpeg
     
  19. G.Rotten

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    Knots kill sustain & low end. The best tone comes from evenly spaced grains that are not entirely filled thus allowing the air to move within them.

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    Ok....fine. When I did this I didn't know what grain filler was & after a dozen or so coats I called it close enough.

    Technically this was from one PC of Ash, but it's 6 pcs of Ash.
     
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  20. bsman

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    Here’s a one piece body with plenty of yummy grain. The whole thing weighs in at 7 lbs

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