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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by tubegeek, May 31, 2020.
The mighty Paulownia, by the shores of the toxic Gowanus Canal.
Stronger than balsa!!
"Stronger than balsa!"
And twice as cheap!
Balsa is actually expensive as woods go.
The mighty graffiti, grows on fences, windows, buildings, any flat or curved surface the world over.
If ya can make a tele out of it, it's ok by me
This is my paulania growing in my front garden. It is beginning to reach the proportions that might deem it mighty.
As you can see from my last build propped against it, it is now big enough to make at least fifty guitars.
I grew this tree from a seed. I planted it about 25 years ago. The spring-time flowering is magnificent every three years when there are thousands of purple saxaphone-formed flowers covering the branches just as the leaf buds begin to burst forth. Last year it flowered, this year it relaxes.
It is without doubt my favourite tree, with its large furry leaves. All the seed pods from last year dry-out over winter, splitting in very late winter, leaving a dried loose membrane in the large-olive-sized crispy pods. When the wind blows, the whole tree rattles loudly........quite impressive.
You're right about that Gowanus canal. Phew!
I have a P-bass made from it, a Tele would be a breeze to do.
Pre-shaped bodies are on ebay for around £25
I've got two Paulownia guitars. Good stuff.
"The only body of water that's 90% guns" - Jonathan Lethem.
In tribute to Jonathan Lethem, the gun-ditching montage in "The Irishman" was filmed here, just adjacent to the Mighty Paulownia tree in the photo.
The best thing I can say about the Gowanus Canal is, it doesn't smell nearly as bad as it used to.
I have a strat I made with a GFS paulownia body I sprayed with Tamiya laquer model paint and put on some old Squier stuff I had lying around and was pleasantly surprised how acoustically loud it is and the body resonates like mad. It's actually a really great guitar. When I first got the body I was really grumpy. It was supposed to have the authentic strat shape but the neck pocket was cut wrong. In between the straight tele and light curved strat at the end, it was cheap enough that I just went fudge it and put it all together anyway. I really like it it sounds and nice and really feels alive in your hands and weighs less than my 6.5lb semihollow.
Don't let that ivy kill it!!!
I wish that Fender would make more Teles & Strats out of Paulownia .
Paulownia, or as Fender prefer, Empress. The white switch tip is now a lovely pale cream.
Balsa was once, pretty reasonable. My Dad had (and still has a little) a cache of uniform, straight balsa in various dimensions, some decades and decades old. Model airplanes, you know. We'd spend an hour, some weekends, just going through the new shipments at the hobby shop.
I think if you threw hunks of balsa and paulownia on the ground in the funky south, the balsa would still be of some use after a few days. The paulownia, you could just toss it after a few hours.
We've got some large paulownias on our morning walk, up at The Cabin. I'm just itching to knock those sumbs down. An ugly tree, no doubt about it.
I'm glad they don't!
The Paulownia leaves make good cattle fodder in a drought and the tree is fairly drought resistant.