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NGD: solid ebony telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by ShabbyChic, Nov 7, 2012.

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  1. ShabbyChic

    ShabbyChic TDPRI Member

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    I thought I would share my new solid Macassar ebony tele. It is heavily chambered to bring the weight down to about 8-1/2 lbs. It has modern American Standard pickups and all Fender hardware. I like it.

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    StratBluesRock Friend of Leo's

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    Thats cool. Puts a twist on the Harrison rosewood Tele.
     
  3. Rockdog

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    I never knew ebony had such nice grain. Amazing!
     
  4. Jack S

    Jack S Friend of Leo's

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    That is a beautiful guitar. It's hard to believe you got it down to 8.5 lbs. It must be almost completely hollow!
     
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    Any tone insights?
     
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    chipbutty24 Friend of Leo's

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    Holy crap! You win.
     
  7. JayBeezy42

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    Yowza, that's gorgeous! :eek:
     
  8. Glen Smith

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    Wow, just wow!
     
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    Very pretty. Did you do it all yourself or buy the parts? I know Warmoth has that wood for necks a lot, I'd never even thought of using it for the whole body, but it sure looks nice.
     
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    Rockdog, most ebony looks like that. Apparently, only something like 1 in 20 trees is the jet black stuff we're accustomed to.
     
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    Papers please. Sorry, thought I was still on the Gibson forum.

    That's gorgeous. I can't stop drooling.
     
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    +1
     
  13. Mark Davis

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    Really looks great.

    Does it have a bright sound unplugged?
     
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    Man that is NICE
     
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    mapletop Tele-Meister

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    where did you find that or is it a private build? I need one!
     
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    My only question is, why the pickguard? I wouldn't be covering that wood.

    Apart from that, I surrender.
     
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    That's a lovely lump of tree.
     
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    There are different varieties of ebony and only one species, Gaboon ebony I believe, that is mostly black and it comes from Africa. Even it can have streaks, but most other varieties tend to have more streaks and sometimes of much lighter color.

    There is a castle in Northern Wales called Penrhyn Castle that has an Ebony Room where there is a lot of very black ebony wood used for furnishings and trim. It is worth seeing, as you will probably never see that much really black ebony anywhere else in the world all in one location.
     
  19. ShabbyChic

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    Yep, it's all from scratch except the metal and plastic bits. I've built about 50 guitars so far. Mostly acoustics, but I've done a handful of teles and strats too. Besides making guitars I sell a bit of wood on ebay, so I try to build with most of the woods I sell... this seemed a really fun and kind of outrageous project. The body is actually about 10 different pieces of ebony carefully laid out and glued together to look like a single piece.

    Though they are in the same genus, the jet black stuff more commonly referred to as ebony is actually a different species, Diospyros crassiflora, and from Africa. These days it is getting very difficult to find jet black boards... about 1 in 20 sounds about right for African ebony. This stuff: Macassar ebony (Diospyros celebica), is from SE Asia and can be really dark as well, but it is quite rare indeed. Truth be told, though, I wish every Macassar ebony board looked like the stuff I used on this guitar.
     
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    And I didn't realize attachments were shrunk so small... here are some bigger pics:

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