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Old pine build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by TX_Slinger, Oct 29, 2020.

  1. TX_Slinger

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    Thought I'd post here too since it may be of some interest. I did not build the neck, just the body and this was my first guitar body. Started with some old growth pine 2x4's I salvaged from a 1920's house that was torn down. according to my sister, who was a working forester for many years, the pine is 200+ years old. B/c of the source, i took off only the thickness I needed to make it to level out the seams and the top, mostly with a hand belt sander. Thank goodness, I didn't use my original plan of having it planed, b/c the years of exposure the top had turned out beautiful contrasted with where I cut for the ccontours and edges, and was very complimentary to the neck tint. I didn't use a round off router bit for the edges, all by palm or block sander. Used a second hand spindle sander from CLIST for $60 for the body and arm cuts, with a Stanley 2-handed rasp. Body was roughed out with a $90 9" band saw off CLIST also. Used a benchtop drill press for neck screw holes in the body and hand drillfor the neck itself. I will say I got very lucky in a lot of areas. For starters, the budget neck I got off Reverb needed no work outside of fret polishing. Bone nut was cut to proper depth but I need to smooth out the slots a little bit still. I got dangerously close to not leaving enough wood around one of the bolt holes in the neck pocket. Had this been a fine finish, it would looked awful. ...And the Gretschbuckers sound great in a pine tele with a topload, very bright like a Shawbucker.

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  2. DrASATele

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    Very nice . . . I have 2 I am working on now, made from old pine that was acquired in Salem MA. I love the smell of cut pine.
     
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    Good job, looks great.
     
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    Awesome :)
     
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    Really cool. Nothing like old wood. And the design choices you've made are very hip.

    The Shiner Bock switch plate is a nice touch.
     
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    Gretsch and Shiner rolls a little of my German/Bohemian heritage into it. The wood is from a house in South TX that was underwater in 2 hurricanes in its 92 years standing.
     
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    Why can't I luck into 200 year old pine thats actually gonna be 1.75 inches thick.

    Please God. BLESS ME WITH SUCH FINE WOODS!!!
     
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    That guit looks sweet! An extra two thumbs up from a Tejas native and Shiner enthusiast.
     
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    These were 2x4's so i started with 1 5/8" and ended up with finished thickness of 1.5". Dried, old growth pine is pretty dense and stable, and cutting neck pocket to full tele spec hasn't caused any issues. I was driving around one day and saw the former house was now a pile of scrap. Crew gave me permission to salvage so i stuffed my SUV. Most was thin tongue and groove wallboard and some thin flooring which was used for benches. Looking back, i would have grabbed more studwood.
     
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    Not going to A/B with steel screws but now i'm curious what impact (if any) my choice of brass bridge screws has on tone /resonance. I usually dismiss such things as "negligible," but anyone have thoughts on differences in bridge and neck screw metals? I used the crappy neck neck screws that came with the muslady or wtf brand of curved neck plate i ordered off Amazon lol.
     
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    Well done!
    That's why I love old wood. I always say that's the right way to go for wood, instead of fire. At least it makes you smile...
    Here couple of mine...
     

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    The bridge SADDLES? Yes that makes some difference. The screws? As long as decent quality I doubt it. The pot metal crap? Just watch it as the bridge whizzes by your nose lol


    Dave
     
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    The bridge screws are brass from HD, the neck screws I prob ought to replace lol.
     
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    Yeppers, most are crap :rolleyes:
     
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    Suggestions for quality neck screws?
     
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    :cool::cool::cool:

    I dig the Shiner token behind the switch
     
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    Stainless from McMaster & Carr ;)
     
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    Dude, very nice build - that is one very unique guitar. I’m about to delve into a very old wood guitar. Can’t wait to get it together.
     
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    I know I’ve seen most of these before, but that is one mighty fine collection of home built guitars!
     
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    What he said lol
     
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