Southern California Lumber Source?

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  1. Stoked

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    Hello everyone! I've been making plans to start building my first neck and I've found out that I have no idea where\how to buy the lumber...:cry:. So I'm hoping to get a suggestion or two for a lumber yard preferably near Long Beach, but I'll go anywhere from Los Angeles to San Deigo.

    I am hoping that going to a lumber yard will be less expensive than buying blanks online, and it will also be nice to see the wood in person before buying.

    Also, what are common lumber dimensions that you would buy to make neck and body blanks?

    Thank you for your time and knowledge. I really have no idea how this works so any input would be helpful.
     
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  2. Ripthorn

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    If you go to woodfinder.com you can put in your zip code and search for sellers based on distance, species, etc. It doesn't have all sellers, but a good amount of them. I looked around the LA area once and there is pretty slim pickin's. The one place that looked to have a good selection looked rather pricey, though still probably cheaper than buying blanks.
     
  3. photondev

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    I go to their San Diego location and they have decent prices and OK variety, I haven't been to this location:
    Austin Hardwoods and Hardware
    Santa Ana, CA 92701
    Phone: 714-953-4000

    Also, a little pricier, but better variety:
    FROST HARDWOOD LUMBER COMPANY
    6565 Miramar Road
    San Diego, CA 92121
     
  4. parsaver

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    TH&H in San Diego has a lot of hardwood boards in various sizes. FROST has a lot of exotic stuff

    At TH&H you can buy a 12 ft alder board for $60 and make 3 bodies out of that.....which is way cheaper than ordering blanks from internet.

    At Frost...I saw a nifty piece of some crazy species of ebony that would have made a great fretboard....it was $60 also.
     
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    That was my favorite place to go when I lived there. I got a beautiful piece of poplar there, big enough to do 3 two piece bodies, for about $35. They also have good prices on african mahogany.
     
  6. Stoked

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    Thanks for the suggestions :). I'll stop by the place in Santa Ana first since its so much closer, but it sounds like I should check out FROST next time I'm in the San Deigo area.
     
  7. photondev

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    Please report your experience about the Santa Ana store. I heard also about another place called Bohnhoff Lumber in the LA area. I will visit it next time I am in LA during the week, they do not open on Saturdays.
     
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    Any love for Reel Lumber in Anaheim or Riverside? Or Ganahl? Are there better yards in the LA area?

    www.reellumber.com
     
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    Any love for Reel Lumber in Anaheim or Riverside? Or Ganahl? Are there better yards in the LA area?

    www.reellumber.com
     
  10. photondev

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    I visited last weekend Reel Lumber in Anaheim and Austin Hardwoods and Hardware in Santa Ana.

    I couldn't find anything I liked at Reel, but I was really impressed with Austin. I found some great Alder for a body, and they had a great variety of Mahoganies and some exotic woods. I also got some Sapele to make necks, very similar to Mahogany. good stuff
     
  11. Doyledagain

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    Bohnhoff is legit if you can get there on a week day. Gigantic stockyard of material, and great prices. I feel like they're generally more geared towards furniture hardwood, like walnut, but they've got all kinds of stuff.
     
  12. Doyledagain

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    House of Hardwood in culver is great for exotic hardwoods, but they are expensive. Still, they've got ebony, mahogany, cocobolo, rosewood, some curly maple, ash, zebra if you're feeling weird... etc- they also do a lot of slabs and burl pieces if you're looking for something interesting... 2 other things worth mentioning - they do thickness sanding and they also have a bargain bin of glued up waste pieces from tabletop jobs... these usually happen to be perfect blank sizes. Sometimes it's nice wood too - but it's always at least something that would work for an opaque finished tele.
     
  13. studio

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    Yes Bohnhoff is a good place. I know one person who works there.
    He is a friend of my nephew and he had a close call with death there a few years ago.

    Check this out:

    http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/nonpub/B235376.PDF
     
  14. Doyledagain

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    Oh my god... he's lucky to be alive. That's nuts.
     
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    On a positive, the friend says they have nice selection
    of woods for guitars.
     
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