Telacoustic adventure in padauk

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  1. Recalcitrant

    Recalcitrant TDPRI Member

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    Always trying new things, I got this huge padauk block for $98 from Gidwani Exoticwoods.

    It is an African wood, very hard, heavy, and resonant. It rings when you knock on it. In fact, they make budget-line marimbas from it.

    It has a wild grain with large pores, and a striking Mars-red color when fresh. But it fades rapidly to brown. I found it frankly a drudge to work-- its brittleness makes it apt to splinter and tear out. (One rap against padauk marimbas is breakage.) So I guess that's why padauk is low priced for an exotic.

    Nonetheless, the grain glitters under a finish, and I think it has potential as a tone wood.

    Acoustically, this one sounds like a very fine cigar box. Cohiba, maybe. But through the pickup (Duncan Alnico II Pro) the bone saddle and acoustic vibe make for a peppy, harmonic, lite jazz tone.
     
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    The first steel string guitar I built was Paduak. Everything you wrote is true.
     
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    As I work more and more with padauk, I am starting to come to the conclusion that there can be dramatic variations between one piece of wood and another (just like any other species), especially in the brittleness department. What I've found so far is that the less attractive blanks are much nicer to work with. By that I mean wood that has a lesser pigment content, more on the pinkish side than that beautiful vibrant red/orange like the piece you used here. First, I get much less chipping with both hand and power tools. Second, it is a lot less messy to work with - it won't turn your whole shop bright orange. Third, it seems to contain much less allergens (no sneeze/burning eyes/itching). The difference in color is minimized once you put shellac on it - it turns a very nice, shimmery orange that doesn't seem to darken too much over time. That's my two cents about padauk :)
     
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    Some seriously talented people on this board.
     
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    Clean, beautiful work!!!
     
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    Always been curious about the tone of this beautiful wood. You made this look great!
     
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    Macrogats Friend of Leo's

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    Very cool project dude. A few questions - what's the top wood, how thick is the overall body, and what pup is that? Hard to see properly on my phone.

    Cheers.
     
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  8. JeffBlue

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    That sir, is beautiful work. I have built a Warmoth thinline tele build with Black Korina body and Padauk cap. It turned out beautifully but it isn't an acoustic tele.
     
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    Looks awesome!!!
     
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    No piezo?
     
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    That is absolutely gorgeous! I am in complete awe of what turns up here on TDPRI. Excellent work!
     
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    Thank you! Top is AAA sitka spruce from Stewmac, who have really upped their selection lately. The padauk blank was 2" thick. The "back" is routed to about 3/16" thin. The pup is Seymour Duncan APTR-1, held on with velcro for the moment so others can be auditioned. Neck is a USA Custom boatneck.
     
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    Recalcitrant TDPRI Member

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    I'm kind of a primitivist, but may add a pezo after boredom sets in.
     
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    Very impressive work! That's one fine looking guitar - any chance of some sound clips?
     
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    Please don't fault me for wanting to show my Padauk capped Warmoth build.
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    Warmoth Black Korina body capped with Padauk, roasted Maple neck, Rosewood fretboard, stainless steel frets, Bill Lawrence dual blade humbucker neck, Seymour Duncan Vintage P90 middle and SD Jerry Donahue bridge pickup. Lightning bolt sound hole custom cut by me.
     
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    Recalcitrant TDPRI Member

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    Thanks so much. I've been meaning to get onto Soundcloud, but it'll be a while. Thanks for asking.
     
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    Very nice - love the 'F' hole! I can see that catching on. :)
     
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    I finished mine Talacoustic last week, it plays great um just waiting the pré amp arrive to mount with the piezo.[​IMG]

    Enviado do meu Lenovo TB3-X70F através de Tapatalk
     
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    Made in Portugal[​IMG]

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    Hey guys, I understand your enthusiasm for wanting to show off your guitars, but it's kind of poor form to take over someone else's thread like this.
     
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