The only readily available source is small pieces for the making of fishing lures. I immediately got a vision of a Tele body containing a whole stim of tiny Rapala lures encased in blue tinted epoxy with some gravel and weeds in the lower bouts, that might happen some day!
It's time to make another guitar, my daughter wants a Telecaster to accompany herself when recording jazz on her saxophone, her main instrument.
1. She wants a Tele because they're the coolest. No problem there.
2. She wants to sound like Carlos Santana
Might be hard even with HB's instead of single coils.
3. She, alone in the family, have inherited the short gene from my grandmother and is quite petite. She thinks my LP is to heavy and my other guitars a bit long and cumbersome
I have alder and birch left from previous builds, but that will make quite a bright guitar.
Would it be worth the effort of chasing down an old mahogany coffee table for wood and making a 24" neck?
I thought we might hollow out parts of the body to lighten it.
We could always get a pre routed Tele body and a LP or Mustang neck, but since time spent with teenage daughters is really rare I'd like to start from scratch and make it all ourselves.
Can we get all the requirements do you think, or what would be the best way?
Mahogany is a great guitar wood and will probly get you close to the Santana sound. However if your daughter is petite and doesn’t like heavier guitars, mahogany is generally a heavier wood than alder or swamp ash. You can however make some weight relief holes or cavities under the pickguard like the old "Smuggler's Teles." Keep the neck light too to counter neck dive.Interesting thought. Mahogany body, set neck, shorter scale, Tune-o-magic bridge?