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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by torodurham, Feb 26, 2020.
Beautiful work..any idea on the body color?
Stayed with the blackwood FB..body color...yeeeah...maybe blk sanded back..maybe natural..hard to pick..as always.
Decided to go with a sanded back black with black over for color. Always loved that black figured top with masked binding look. Walnut is dark so a pretty complimentary match..maybe add a black dye to the grain filler for walnut..
I'd be cautious using a soft wood for a FB, esp. if you like string bending all the time.
Woah, holy wood figure, Batman!
I didn't use the quilt..went with african blackwood.
I am certainly no expert on woods/applications, but have read several times that figured maple, is quite a bit softer than the "unfigured" hard rock maple used in most necks. At the same time, I've seen lovely examples of flamed or Birdseye maple 1 piece necks. (meaning neck & fingerboard are not separate pieces. If they are indeed softer, that just means the wood will divot a bit faster than a hard rock maple fingerboard. Since it's a bolt on neck anyway, I would go ahead and give it a go...it's really a beautiful piece of wood!
From what I know, figured maple can be any Acer species. Figuring is theoretically less stiff because the grain is not straight but it will retain the same density and hardness as unfigured maple of the same species. But maybe not the same modulus of elasticity. When I see an old Fender neck that warped it will often be right on a figured section of an otherwise straight grained neck.
Soft maples (anything but sugar maple) are where we get much of the flamed stuff so that may be why you heard it's softer. In general birdseye will be sugar maple and quilted will be pacific big leaf, the 2 extremes of maple density.
Some people call birdseye quilted as it can also have that look in addition to the birdseyes. Just to make things more muddled
I see you have already decided to go with the African blackwood, but I was going to joke that you should go all out and do a bookmatched fingerboard! With its own burst! That would be so awesome!!!
Seriously, though, I would have been very tempted to do the FB in maple, do a light burst on the top, and continue the darker color of the edge of the burst for the entire fretboard. This could have looked pretty cool.
Also, I really like the idea of the blackwood fingerboard with block inlays made of the quilted maple!
That was my first thought on seeing the black wood. Then add the veneer to the headstock . . .
It's all sexy though . . . killer job love the roundover on the body
Got some clear on today..starting to look pretty classy.
That's looking very hot.
Wow, once you get the rest of the clear on, get it leveled and polished, that thing is going to turn heads 360º+!!
Finished the build today..very happy..sounds and looks terrific. A very personal guitar..#40 and made from great grand fathers bed..love the color too..
Top notch work!
I have several quilted maple builds in the pipeline and agree 100% with this sentiment. Having a dark board (pick something beautiful, like a heavily-striped Macassar ebony) seems to compliment the look much better. Again, everyone's taste is different, so always got with what you like.
That top is UNREAL!!! Wow!!