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Theres nothing wrong with plywood bodies...

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

  1. wyclif

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    That looks great to me. I like sunburst, but those finishes are a dime a dozen. This is different in a good way. I like to see natural finishes that aren't sunburst on Teles and Strats.
     
  2. harold h

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    That doesnt look like plywood.

    It looks like one type of wood with a cap of a different type
    of wood.
     
  3. harold h

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    Check this out, Steve- Hi A pickups in action


     
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  4. RoyBGood

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    My first electric was a plywood-bodied Tele copy, branded as a 'CBS' product, but identical to a Jedson.
    It sounded fine and I wish I still had it.

    Plywood guitars are reviled, but high-end amp makers are fond of telling us that their plywood speaker cabinets are 'sonically superior'. Funny old world, innit? :confused:
     
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    Hell yeah! Not sure what I like better, the High-A's or the kickass feathered hair.
     
  6. bettyseldest

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    It is not plywood in that there are not an odd number layers of equal thickness wood laid at right angles to each other, but it has thin layers at the top, middle and bottom, with two thicker layers (not unlike a butchers block) in between.
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    Personally I think that's a beautiful refinish job. If it sounds as good as it looks, I call it a keeper...and I guess you have!
     
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    Apples and Oranges perhaps, but I love plywood for acoustics. I have a Martin and it is a wonderful guitar. If it's a spare arrangement, it rings and jangles beautifully. Put it in a more dense mix and it's sounds weak and is lost. Put a plywood guitar in that same dense mix, it will stand strong within it. When recording, I've reached more for a crappy old Kay than the Martin – it sounds better footed in a mix to me.
     
  9. Sjnoring

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    The only requirement for the wood of an electric guitar is that it be hard enough to hold the screws in. It doesn't even have to be wood, as long as it isn't a material that interferes with the magnetic interplay between the strings and the pickups. Put good pickups on a shingle and you'll rawk dood.

    By coincidence I was having this discussion with my girlfriend who persists in clinging to this tonewood myth. I said I've heard great sounding guitars made out of cigar boxes. She said cigar boxes are made of high quality wood. So I learned something today. I learned that a person can be smarter than you and still be wrong.
     
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    I really don't think you're anywhere near right about this.

    Try to make a body out of dense plastic that will certainly hold the screws.

    Have fun and good luck getting gigs.
     
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    From this thread it seems that the experience of most musicians is that it doesn't matter.
     
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    What are those clear guitars made of? People gig with them.
     
  13. Ira7

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    I don't know what clear guitars you're talking about. And you're the one making the claim that you don't even need WOOD.

    I think you've been watching too many music videos where the guy may be playing a pitchfork, which has nothing to do with how the soundtrack was recorded.

    Seriously:

    Your opinion on this matter is pretty crazy. The wood matters.
     
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    Photo clips from music videos, more or less.

    And two photos, as opposed to the true universe of guitar playing.

    If you think plexiglass is so great, how come you don't own one?
     
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    What is the true universe of guitar playing? Do they play plexiglass guitars in the Twilight Zone?
     
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    I don't own one because I can't afford one.
    I have seen real musicians such as Lee Jackson of The Nice for example playing a plexiglas Dan Armstrong bass.
    You can make a guitar out of anything and it can sound good.
    I made a guitar with the body made out of a leftover piece of kitchen worktop. I use it as a test-bed for pickups, bridges, wiring mods etc.
    The sound changes depending on what I have done to it.
     
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    You can get them from China, mostly strats but I've also seen other shapes like flying Vs and Les Paul shape.
     
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    My Pignose travel guitar has a small resin body and it sounds great. With its stock ceramic pickup too! They also made them in three shades of coloured, see-thru acrylic with a Strat-style trem - I'd love one of those, but they were never imported to the UK.

    Mine's a blue one. Very good build quality, chunky but comfy neck and gets the opening feedback note of 'Foxy Lady' at conversation volume. :eek:

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    Jeff Baxter of Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers used to pay a plexiglass strat style......When I worked in a music store around 1974-ish, we had a Dan Armstrong....it weighed a TON!!!
     
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