Plycaster

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  1. Johnny_B

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    This is my first build. I was working on a few bodies simultaneously, pine, maple, and plywood but the plywood body won. I know you guys will be kind with your comments but this was not easy to do and overwhelming at many stages... Not sure how I feel about it as the plywood novelty seems to have already worn off for me! Anyway thanks to everybody for all the DIY help - gonna move on and try to improve on my next build...


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    Wow. I like it. More details please? What’s the neck/fb? Pups?... and is that a bolt you put in in place of a tone knob?
     
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    Looks quite a bit better than I expected.
     
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    As a guy who grew up with plywood guitars....it wouldn't be my first choice to make a body out of, but you did a nice job on it. Get going on the pine and maple. You may find it easier to work with the pine one. Maple is a little tougher.
     
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    Freaking awesome
     
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    After my 1993 Korean Fender Squier P Bass got a serious "ding" at the butt of the body, I discovered it is a plywood body. Don't know what KIND of plywood, but definitely not solid. Maybe that's why it's a very comfortable, light-weight bass. It sounds EXACTLY like a P Bass should, and I'll put it up against almost any bass out there. ;)
     
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    The neck is new from China got on eBay for $39 solid Canadian maple they say it was all finished so it was nerve wracking to strip it all down. I stripped the fretboard finish off with a file between the frets without removing them - again pretty nerve-racking but it was an experiment. Stained it with vinegar and steel wool and black tea combo...

    The hardware I relicked using acid in Tupperware took a lot of attempts to get it close...

    Bridge pickup is a dear old early squire pickup that is probably an old fender vintage 50, I think. Sounds ok. Neck pickup is a new $20 Wilkinson.

    Tone knob removed and replaced with a bolt just for fun - got the idea on the forum from the guy that did the pirate tele! Cool!




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    Pretty cool. How does the side look? Maybe a pic of that?
     
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    I had a Chinese made Stratocaster that was made of plywood. Initially, that guitar had the wimpiest sound I ever heard. I liked the guitar because it had a really nice candy apple paint job on it, but when you looked inside, it was obviously a plywood body. Out of curiosity, I changed out all the pickups and electronics to top on the line to see what this guitar could sound like. OMG! What a difference. The guitar played great, stayed in tune, and sounded awesome. A fellow musician loved it so much, he paid me a premium for that guitar(still a cheap price compared to a real Fender). As far as I know, he still has it and plays gigs with it. You just never can tell what you can make out of an inexpensively made guitar.
     
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    You’re welcome thanks for posting. It actually looks really nice. Excellent job.
     
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    I like it a lot!!
    Well done!

    I'd love to have a guitar like that. Congratulations!
     
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  13. Johnny_B

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    Thanks man! The body was stained with a dark walnut stain which I enjoyed!
    Here’s a pic before the stain:
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    I hear ya the maple seems nice to work with pine is very delicate but they say gives great tone


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    Ya I recently took apart an epiphone les Paul type and the body was all plywood nasty routing sorry to say


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    I hear ya tone is magic


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    Too many players get too wrung up on body wood. As you build more guitars you'll realize the fallacy of the lumber myth and you'll be free to be creative.

    Check out the Tim Sway youtube channel. He's using old pocket doors.

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    Very nice job :)!

    I have to admit, when I see "plywood guitar", I think - oh, my . . . . ;), but yours looks good.

    I would think you are ready for a nice piece of real wood!






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    that is one PROPER Barncaster!!

    I love it :)
     
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