So my friend is building this Tele - what wood is this?

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  1. nvilletele

    nvilletele Friend of Leo's

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    My friend was given a Tele body and neck, of unknown origin. He doesnt even know what kind of wood it is. My other question is: what's up with the funky wooden bridge thing (since removed)? Here are the pics. Anyone have any answers for either question? I've included some post-stain pics as well. I think it looks great so far . . .

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  2. Fernder

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    I'm no wood expert, but it looks like yellow pine to me. I could be wrong. And it also looks like an acoustic bridge, maybe to put and under bridge acoustic pup in?
     
  3. Miopic Chitlin

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    Ash?
     
  4. the_utp

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    Hmmm...looks like it has some open grain, which narrows it down some. What's it weigh?
     
  5. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Yeah; the pore structure suggests it is not a softwood - and therefore is probably not pine.

    More pictures from any stage of the project, with some closeups, might help.

    I've seen a lot of ash. While it could be ash of some type, it doesn't really resemble the pieces I have seen in person. Perhaps this is sen, or perhaps beech?
     
  6. Mojotron

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    That upper bout shot certainly looks like Ash
     
  7. Hackguitarist

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    Pecan maybe?
     
  8. nvilletele

    nvilletele Friend of Leo's

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    Here are some additional pics, maybe these will help identify the wood.

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  9. nvilletele

    nvilletele Friend of Leo's

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    Any further ideas on the wood? Not critical, but we are rather curious . . . .
     
  10. olaftheholy

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    From the pictuer in the first post it kinda looks like the elm i had a body of once, with that grayish tint to it.
    I've looked up a picture of it , but i am not sure.
    The body in question was sold as ash, chinese ash to be exact...
    It could have been anything, routing and drilling gave a pinkish sawdust and the smell wasn't at all like ash or swamp ash...





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  11. RodeoTex

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    That wood looks quite a bit like some birch dulcimers I made a few years ago, but of course I have no real idea.
     
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    Yea, it's ash. - Jason G
     
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    Kind of looks like poplar by the grain....but the coloring not quite right. I don't think it's grainy enough to be ash.
     
  14. Colt W. Knight

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    looks like pure birch to me.
     
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    I vote birch also.
     
  16. Nicktarnow

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    Looks like birch to me too.
     
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    id say birch
     
  18. jimdkc

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    Have you heard about the ultra-conservative group that advocates all toilet seats be carved from hardwood?

    They're called the Birch John Society...
     
  19. Colt W. Knight

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    I asked my buddy, who has a Master's degree in wood science, and he thinks its either birch or some sort of maple. He could you tell you for sure if you posted some quality close up pictures, like one inch from the grain of the top and end grain.
    If it was made overseas, it could be something way more exotic.
     
  20. rangercaster

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    rim shot for jimdkc !!!
     
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