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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by dscottyg, Jan 20, 2021.
This is a one piece ash. I like the straight grain.
“Preferred” to me is wood grain that is visible... am not a fan of solid color finish guitars, in most instances
One thing I know is, folks here do not like Flame or Birdseye caps on Telecasters.
I post pictures of mine here, and I get no response. Every other grain I post here (all the other T projects) everyone seems to like those.
Anyway, here's what I prefer: I prefer that each and every guy get the guitar that looks great to them. If you like the other guy's guitar grain and he likes yours, just trade!
I hear you.
The one piecers I like best, always transparent finish. 2-3 piecers, get some toner and the less handsome grain, get more toner. Solid finishes I use only on paint grade bodies.
Is there any possibility, we could see the sides (where joins might be)?
I'm guessing, there's a seam or two, you haven't found yet. Sorry to be the bearer of (not really) bad news.
As mentioned above, all the one piecers have some of this "cathedral" thing going on. Otherwise the blank would have to be from the largest ash tree ever know to man. Here's an example where the cathedral could be hidden behind the pickguard I guess:
But it is always gonna be there, somewhere because of how trees grow and how the saw blade passes through the various rings.
I love the rare ash bodies that have very closely spaced, very straight grains. Subtle. Controlled. Classy. Not too big a fan of the "swirly, grainy" ash that most people seem to love. My AV '58 has this grain. Normally I am a "car color" guy when it comes to guitars, not a "furniture color" guy. But that is one case in which the wood grain sold me on the guitar. There was a sister guitar in the same shop, in blonde. Both played and sounded good. The burst with that tight, straight ash grain was just smoking to look at, though.
Here is a thread I started about this sort of grain, trying to figure out what makes it that way: https://www.tdpri.com/threads/very-straight-and-tight-grained-ash-body.852177/
If you don't want to read it, here are the pix I posted in the OP. See how the grain lines "drift" very little? They are pretty true lines for ash, IME. That's what I love.
I love ask and particularly swamp ash but find much ash on the dull side in grain and color. Built boats for a while and milled mountains of ash, I guess I like what was considered lower grade where custom yacht called for whitest and straightest grain.
Here’s a real dog of a piece of ash I particularly love. Flamed ash is around.
This is another I like a lot but better grade, took three different finishing products to get the color. Well under 4lbs.
This one is plainer grain, two piece, and not very light.
Put it on a diet and after it lost a pound it became more attractive as a player.
The front of this guitar is unremarkable...
...but the back. Wow. Shame it ended up on the back side.
A dozen coats later, the finished product.
I love it! Thanks for getting this thread on the right track!!!
Not a Tele, but it is ash. Warmoth body. I thought the straight grain looked more sophisticated, and was a better match to the jazzmaster shape. The finish is just shellac.
I’m obviously biased, but the pattern on the back of my sandblasted tele will always be my favorite. ( The tops not too shabby either )
Aesthetically--it's the grain pattern you prefer the most.
From a physical perspective, grain direction can influence how a slab of wood ages, and the critical direction is visible in the end grain:
The ideal orientation is vertical grain--or close to vertical grain--in the quartersawn example. Riftsawn is acceptable, but flatsawn should be avoided because it can have a tendency to cup or twist if the wood was improperly seasoned.
Is there a preferred grain pattern?
Yes, it's the one that looks good to you .
Beyond that, it doesn't really matter.
Aesthetically, it’s on a case-by-case basis for me. I don’t know much about grain, but I know what I like. I’m less likely to like lurid grain patterns than I once was, but some of them are cool. Generally, I think a simple grain pattern suits the look of a Telecaster body, although I will always like some flame or birdseye in a maple neck.
Swirly and straight pattern pine on my Classic Vibe, I like it.
I like all of the above!
I never really think about the grain in my guitars. This is my custom shop 52. Grain seems simple to me and I like it. I don't like it to stick out as obvious as I like it subtle.
I love flamed maple necks but not fond of birdseye on a neck.
One of these days I'd love to have a guitar with a really nice flame maple neck.
After giving it some thought, I should add that I am drawn to quirks in grain pattern more than anything. A pinecaster with knots? Yes, sir. Odd, asymmetrical patterns? Oh, yeah. As long as it’s not the face of Elvis or any other religious figures, I’m down with that. The neck on my Logan has always pleased me; it’s got pretty good birdseye on the peg head, milder on the fretboard, but what I enjoy about it is that going down the back of the neck, it has birdseye on the treble side, and stripe-y not quite flame on the bass side, almost exactly divided by the skunk stripe. Imperfection is a wonderful thing, IMO.