I'm pretty sure that my 2020 American Professional II Telecaster has a pine body...Hmmmm. I dunno. I mean, it's soft and all, but if you're a relic kinda guy, you'd like that. From working with white pine a bit, I can say it feels fragile compared to heavy ash, for sure. It'll dent if you look at it too hard. But it's lighter overall, and that can be an advantage to some. I've heard you can harden pine with, well, a hardener. I don't know what that would do to the wood's other qualities.
I tend to slink away from discussions about tone woods, but as another person wrote, it has fine resonance acoustically, and that carries into its plugged-in sound as well. You'll know only when you play one.
For what it's worth, I like my ole' piney a lot, but one will probably be enough as far as building one myself goes. I think cutting a pine body is a fine way for someone to practice before working on an expensive slab of ash, alder, etc. Very easy on the cutting tools. Smells good when you're cutting it, too.I know there are lots of people in here that have some great pine bodied guitars , but I personally wish I had built my pine bodied hardtail strat out of ash or alder . The body on this guitar is so soft , the neck plate is sunk into the wood probably an1/8.The low e string sounds and feels dull when hit ,
Like a soft thud instead of a bright twang . But it is super light . And for whatever reason is resonant and loud unplugged . I wish there was a way for me to have gotten my hands on one and seeing how it felt in person , but I never knew anyone who had one or even saw one. So that was a risk I knew I was taking . It’s a good guitar ,
But something is keeping it from being great , it would be really interesting to get another body and put the parts on and Test them back to back . Someday
This is true , I had ordered mine through the guitar mill , and assumed they would hand select fairly hard pine.There are over 100 species of pines, divided between the soft pines and the hard pines, and not surprisingly there's a great deal of variation in their properties, particularly- for a guitar maker- their density.
I sure like the appearance of the one shown. And Ron Kirn makes some real handsome ones.They do look awesome.