Mahogany body Tele build

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  1. Missing Link

    Missing Link Tele-Meister

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    I have bought a chunk of Mahogany (not seen yet) for a Tele build but not sure about to oil/stain or? to complete the finish. Also never used the Mahogany so not even sure about the wood grain as does it need to be filled and so on. Any pictures and input of a Tele finish done on Mahogany might be a help.
     
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    clear coating is the way, use grain filler first.
     
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    Mahogany and its cousins are open pored hardwoods. You will need to pore fill if you want a completely flat finish with a hard surface finish like lacquer or shellac. Other open pored woods are oak, ash, and walnut.
     
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    I did a Mahognay tele and used some stain before grain fill, as long as is possible that the grain fill aviids the stain to be uniform along the body
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    I do quite a few mahogany builds and it is a great wood to work with. Be aware it can tearout when routing in sensitive areas.
    It responds well to red, brown, and orange tints in my mind as well as pure clear. Below left to right are clear, red, brown.

    Seal, grain fill, tint, clear coat, enjoy.

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    http://www.tdpri.com/threads/a-chambered-tele-ish-sort-of-thing.884657/

    I recently built a tele with a mahogany body and neck (and maple cap). It was finished in nitro with Zpoxy grain fill. Mahogany is an open pore wood and does require pore filling (aka grain filling). There are lot of products including pastes, various commercial fillers, home made fillers, epoxy, CA glue - some have the ability to highlight the colors and grains of the woods which I happen to like.

    A lot depends on the finish that you are going to put on it and the look that you want to achieve (and lets be honest, what you are capable of applying). And once again there are lots of possibilities ranging from oils and furniture finishes to sprayed lacquers and modern catalyed finishes. I'm stuck on solvent based lacquer, I get good dependable results but I'm also very aware of its issues.

    Read thru the build thread above - maybe it will give you some ideas for yours
     
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    10ish coats of TruOil with their stock sheen afterwards.

    No grain fill. Texture is very smooth but "natural."

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    Nitro over Zpoxy
     
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    This is a Tele style body I made some years ago. Beautiful mahogany grain and a thin Birdseye maple cap. Finished with clear lacquer. Made a great guitar...except, it was quite heavy! So much so I decided to decomission the guitar with hopes of hollowing out the body someday...

    Now, after seeing the new Acousticaster, I’m hatching this idea of hollowing out the body and replacing the maple top with spruce and an acoustic style bridge. Hmmm... :rolleyes:

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    Very nice! Chambered??
     
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    Thanks. I believe 2 of them were thinline builds if memory serves right.

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    That - my friend, is an awesome looking guitar!

    Nooooooooo! Love that Birdseye. I've got some to use - just deciding what to use it on.
     
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    I made a '72 Deluxe out of mahogany with a gidgee cap, no grain fill and a dozen or so coats of tru-oil....as the mahogany was only bringing up the rear I never bothered to polish it up or anything and it came out with a nice, low key sheen:

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    All the above examples are beautiful, but I would love to have a mahogany Tele with a Les Paul Jr-type TV Yellow (limed mahogany) finish. If not that, a LP Jr cherry red. Do you know what your weight will be, yet?
     
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    I've use mahogany a few times, I found a red tint in the lacquer comes out really cool. Sorry its a blurry picture, but you can get the idea.
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    wow, I'm going to have to stare at this page for 2hrs and digest it... I'll get back to you.
     
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    There's certainly some beautiful guitars in here!
     
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