pine body telecasters?

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  1. DrASATele

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    Thank you! I'll be installing one on an LP/PRS thing I'm building for a friend.
     
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    My experience with pine was different. A few years back I bought one of Fender's 60th Anniversary dual pickup Esquires (Black with maple neck). It was super-light weight, but the tone, and particularly the sustain were horrible. The tone was basically unfamiliar. I have heard every '50's song there is, and none of those songs with Teles sounded anything like this Esquire. I ran it through different amps (Louis Electric tweed and blackfaces), and it just was a dead guitar. I sold it. I love ash, and for a slightly warmer/rounder tone alder is nice. Thanks
     
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    here’s 120 yr old pine finished in Solarez and homebrew shellac

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  5. ChrisNY

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    The Modern Player Teles are also Pine.
     
  6. awasson

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    My avatar Tele I saw a knotty pine body I bought from Tonebomb in Alberta Canada. It arrived as a CNC’d body ready for final sanding, sealing and finishing. All of the routes were done for me. The body alone weighs in at about 3.5 Lbs. I originally bought it as an entry level, easy build while I competed prepping a proper scratch build Telecaster. I figured give myself a win to build confidence for the more challenging build.

    I lucked out because unknown to me at the time, pine makes an exceptional medium for Telecasters. Acoustically (unplugged) it sustains for days and with the electronics in place, it’s absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t be happier. I’ve got another pine build underway. This time with clear pine. It’s furniture grade, kiln dried and it’s a 3 piece body. It’s very stable and has a good knock tone to it. Whether that makes a difference I don’t know but I expect with the right electronics it will be a winner too.
     
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    I have one, but really like it.

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    I found a pick of the litter Lefty CV Tele last year, that killed all my other non pine Teles. So I'm a fan of pine Telecaster's and didn't even know it till I found that CV??
     
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    Oh man...Strange Ol' Man and Mike Simpson builds in one thread...I can't even deal. #GearLust :D
     
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    I've been wanting to build a Tele for a while. Been building amps & cabs for a few years now. I found a local private company getting local Georgia pine cut up at their mill. Here is a cabinet I'm building from it right now. Just boiled linseed oil on it and it weighed 15 pounds dry before the oil. They don't have anything wide enough or thick enough for a one piece, but I think it would be a sweet looking guitar.
     

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  14. jrblue

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    Some people like 'em and that's fine. I don't. I think the wood itself is relatively ugly, unless you want a deliberately clunky construction-grade vibe, and don't know why a person would invest the effort required for a good build and then use a material that dents easily and ages poorly. I know some people are enamored of the cosmetics, and they sound OK, too -- I just don't see the attraction of an instrument that looks like the spinoff from remodeling your basement.
     
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    My first Pine (2015 TDPRI Build Challenge)
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    And some more pine since (all three piece) Reclaimed lumber.

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    Pine neck with center strip of maple. Wlnut fingerboard. Pine body.
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    The above were all hand cut with router templates, hand planed to thickness, on a hundred year old workbench.

    I've been working on my CNC skills and lately building a pair of offsets. Top is poplar and back is pine, shown here dry fitting parts, also cut the pickguard with the CNC, made from hardboard.


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    Video is an offset of all reclaimed pine (has since gotten a fabric top). I'm working on getting necks out of the machine currently. Slower progress.
    Camera auto focus kept the video short (I think it was reading chips).


    Pine can be a great material to work with. You may notice a blue tint/streaks in some of the bodies in the large group picture -- those are from trees out West that died due to a particular disease that is taking out large forest sections.

    I would much rather have a pine guitar than a Mahogany/Rosewood/Ebony guitar due to the ecological impact of destroying rain forest and larger transport infrastructure costs. Doesn't matter if you believe in tone wood or not. Two million new guitars are sold each year so there is a definite impact.

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    here is the G and L ASAT Classic Bluesboy with a pine body ...

     
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    how long does it take for pine to age properly. I think sugar pine is popular? maybe?
     
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    I got a buddy.....who's got some slabs....if you count rings, you'll get 400+-

    One day he's gonna get tired of my begging!
     

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