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Theres nothing wrong with plywood bodies...

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Jadguitar, Aug 7, 2011.

  1. Jadguitar

    Jadguitar Tele-Meister

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    I don't find any problem with the tone of plywood bodies on teles or strats. But everyone else seems to shun any guitar with a plywood body. Anyone out there with me?
     
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    I agree with this, but I still wouldn't like a plywood :D

    Most people can't tell the difference, and when they do the magical tone that used to be there vanishes.

    I argue all the time about guitar components with friends, plywood is fine, you can get a nice resonate piece, with a good weight and spend your whole life with the guitar none the wiser.
     
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  3. esquire2

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    70's Gibby pancake LP's are technically ply bodies
     
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    The term Plywood is a lot like "Kleenex"....but the type used in most Asian Guitars,

    is quite unlike what you would buy at Home Depot to use for Roof Sheathing,

    or to build a Shed....Most is like that used on Better Amp Cabinets, being pretty much

    void free.
     
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    i know i wouldn't want one. just like i wouldn't want a carbon fiber acoustic. it might be great and 10x stronger but i know i don't want it.
     
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    This'un here's plywood and I like her just fine.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I've got an old Aria Tele body which is ply and it rings like a bell when you tap it. Sounds great. I've also got a Yamaha acoustic with a plywood top, and more than one person has commented how nice it sounds, one of whom reckoned it was better than his Takamine that cost 3 times as much. Plywood's just fine by me.
     
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    I've got nothing against plywood guitars, after all many expensive Gibson and Grretsch semis' have "laminated", (in other words ply) bodies. I know that these bodies are made from a named wood rather than the unspecified laminates used in many plywood solids. I have a large collection of guitars a few of which have solid plywood bodies, they all sound fine although some of the 60s'/early 70s' ones can be quite heavy, (although not as heavy as my ash Baja Telecaster).
     
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    I have an old plywood Kay bass guitar. Sounds fine. My Alvarez acoustic is "laminated" top. Once I put a bone saddle and good strings on it sounds wonderful.
     
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    The only problem I have is the weight. I like my guitars nice and light.
     
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    I don't have a problem with plywood for reasons of acoustics, though I do think it's likely to be more inert, resonance-wise, than a solid piece of wood on average (whether that's a good or a bad thing is up to you). However, my experience with ply bodies is that they are more difficult to mod. Screws seem to strip the wood out faster, and routing is less pleasant. This may not be true for all ply bodies but that's my experience.
     
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    I had a telecopy very similar & it had great tone........
     
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    I had a plywood Strat that was one of the best tonal guitars I've ever owned.
     
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    I'd still prefer a guitar made from solid wood, but I have a Vester Jazz Bass copy out of ply that's very resonant and full, so I guess it works just fine!
     
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    I've been GASing for a Danelectro RI for some time. They're made from Masonite I think which is the next least-worst thing... doesn't detract at all from their simple charm.
     
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    I know, not really what we're talking about here, but I couldn't resist! I prefer the sound of a laminate semi hollow, it has a kind of a funky overtone that makes it for me. I had a CS 336 which is solid carved, fine guitar, but I found it to be kind of, well, lacking in depth. I turned it around for my 335 and I'm really happy.

    As far as solid bodies go, I don't think I've ever played a laminate, and don't even know that I've heard one. I probably have, but didn't know it. I guess that means that they sound fine.
     
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    Interesting thread. Any more pics of plywood guitars?
     
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    I once had a plywood Squier Strat and it was one of the best sounding Strats I've ever had. Felt better than most too. So, I'm with you.
     
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    You could always refer to the voids in the standard run of the mill plywood as "tone chambers". It all boils down to how it is marketed. :D
     
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