Teles Built From Non-Standard Woods: Post Yours Here

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  1. CJFearn

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    It's a Hannes bridge and they're really nice. They're made by Schaller. They come in 6, 7 and 8 string varieties as well as 8 different finishes. Here's a link: https://schaller.info/en/bridges/352/hannes-6?c=10
     
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    Finger joint birch back and neck, birch plywood top, fingerprint mahogany headstock tip. My first guitar build, so basically, the only hardwood I could find at the local hardware store (they only have soft pine and spruce otherwise...)
     
  4. trev333

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    Most of the DF bodies I make are between 4 and 5 lbs... I don't think that's heavy... I've used them for teles, mustangs, Tele basses... good wood...

    Roof Rafters are usually chosen for lightness and strength/stiffness/no flaws.... you don't drag heavy timbers up there if you can help it ... then they've been in a wall/roof cavity for 50-100 yrs.... nice and dry, too...:)
     
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  5. El Tele Lobo

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    I only ask because I had a Douglas Fir tele briefly. Fixed it up and gave it to a friend who was undergoing cancer surgery (he beat it, praise God!). It was on the heavy side. Probably new or not sufficiently dried out wood. I have a pine tele with an ash top (my number 2) that's the same. Inordinately heavy. Thanks for the info. I'll keep my eyes peeled for a light one and may try it again one day.
     
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    here's a few DF bodies that I stained and clear coated...I like to put a soft roll on the top corners of non trad teles....smooth...:)

    brownie has 2xVol no tone, the red one has a 4 way and TBX tone pot..... no mud in this house....:D

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    Here's my submission... Western Red Cedar with poplar neck.... Still in process. Single humbucker in bridge position with volume and tone. Using up all the odds and ends in my shop.[​IMG]

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  8. Jim_in_PA

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    This first body of mine is primarily from a stick of Alaska spruce I found in the shorts bin of one of our local lumber purveyors but I had to make up for the material deficit with some VG D-Fir I had left over from a large kitchen island (err....continent) top project for a client. The D-fir cuts just fine but it's definitely more "splintery" than that spruce was. (this will be painted so the multiple species will not be evident on the finished body)



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  9. Peltogyne

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    I know that's a common sentiment to show as much wood as possible. But for my design sensibilities it's all about the the guitar as a whole and I tend to prefer a solid pickguard. Clear or missing pickguards on a Tele don't work for me so I prefer some wood hidden no matter how pretty it is.
     
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  10. El Tele Lobo

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    This ended up with Joe Barden P90s with a Mahogany neck with a roasted maple fret board. This is slightly curly soft maple on Butternut/White Walnut.

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    This one will get a QS 12 string Maple neck with Ebony board from Warmoth. It's still in the clear coat stage. This is Curly Black Walnut on Butternut /White Walnut.

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    Rounding out the Walnut Theme is Black Walnut Crotch on a solid 1 piece Black walnut back. Far prettier in person. No exact plan for this.
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    Here is solid purple heart, would have been one piece but we dropped it so it's 2 pieces. We should have really thought this through it weighs about 18 lbs. MM C Shaped Neck.

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    Here's a Pallet Caster 14 pieces for the back and 3 for the front. A mix of Poplar (mainly the front) Oak and Pine. Had to hollow it out too heavy. Neck was made from local Maple, the dots are Chechen.
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    Curly Maple on Mahogany. Interesting note to this is the Trem is a G&L Dual Fulcrum bridge. I made template right off my G&L 92 Legacy. If you look in the bottom right hand corner you can see the patch, where the body shifted and I poked the router through the top. It looks pretty good considering I have never tried that sort of patch before.
     
  12. Scatter Lee

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    no wood at all

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    This one's Pawlonia with a curly maple top. 491.JPG 493.JPG 492.JPG 497.JPG
     
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    This one out of old-growth, 170 yr old Hemlock.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Yessir
     
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    50667341_10213411444661068_546052383847743488_n.jpg This one's pine, stained a dark walnut color.[​IMG] 23172813_10210440134540172_5858089917315707966_n.jpg
     
  18. vintageampz

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    Nothing new or original about Pine bodied Telecasters, the infamous Bill Kirchen (everyone remember the song "Hot Rod Lincoln") had his first made for him in the 1960's and many many from Hill Billy Rock to Country and even Rock have had them built. I've made a quite a few at my shop back in the 90's. Here's a video about Bill Kirchen's Piney at a visit to StewMac. -

    Love the charcoal finish on yours BTW, I've done them with Figured Maple and Ash tops as well as all Pine like Bill's.

    I worked at Fender from 1972 - 1999, Fullerton and Corona.
     
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  19. El Tele Lobo

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    Wow! Cool! Thanks for sharing. Would love to see pics of some of your builds. Please feel free to post them. I'm familiar with that video of Bill and Dan Erlewine.
     
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    Looks more like doctor's tongue depressors (too wide for popscicles) .... open wide, now gag.
     
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