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alright so ive decided to build a test guitar (make sure i know what im doing so i dont **** up my nice mahogany) out of pine since ive heard it sounds really nice and down here in georgia its very cheap. anyways i also know that pine isnt that strong of a wood, that it might bend some.

the question, if im building a les paul style guitar will it need something like a maple cap or something to keep it from warping or will it hold up fine?

no im not making a neck out of it, im not that dumb
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Nah. Just don't drop it down a flight of stairs.
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Nah. Just don't drop it down a flight of stairs.


how am i supposed to relic it then?
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Actually string tension might cause the bridge to tear out just be really carefully when tightening up the strings
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Actually string tension might cause the bridge to tear out just be really carefully when tightening up the strings



TS, you can solve the quoted problem (if it worries you) by dowelling in some oak round stock where the bridge posts will be installed. The round stock can easily be found at lowes or home depot.
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alright, will do. i wont have any problems with the neck and neck screws or anything right?
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fender used to make pine teles and the new squier vintage things are pine.
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fender used to make pine teles and the new squier vintage things are pine.


thats what i thought, but didnt know if it had extra supports or not, like a maple cap or something
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A cap on a Fender designed guitar? That would never happen!
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A cap on a Fender designed guitar? That would never happen!


its my guitar, i may open a black hole doing it but i might do it anyways!
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if your still insure about strength you can cut the pine into 3 pieces and then turn the middle piece 90 degrees. It will be stronger. With the neck pocket, i'd say set neck. But if you wanted to do a bolt on for ease, maybe make the neck pocket out of some stronger sort of wood.

Or ultimately, do a neck through, if you do a maple neck through everything that has tension on it will be screwed onto a nice strong piece of wood
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alright, i was hoping to make it completely from pine for expenses sake, but ill see what i can get my hands on
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use nuts and washer and extra long screws, secure them on the side where your body is, preferably in a somewhat routered out section so it doesn't hurt to play them blues.
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ill check out my grandads shop and some lumber yards too then, plus it sounds like it would look neat if it was just sealed and left natural
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if your still insure about strength you can cut the pine into 3 pieces and then turn the middle piece 90 degrees. It will be stronger. With the neck pocket, i'd say set neck. But if you wanted to do a bolt on for ease, maybe make the neck pocket out of some stronger sort of wood.



You can't do that with a body, unless you want a 6 inch wide body that's like 4 inches thick...
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You can't do that with a body, unless you want a 6 inch wide body that's like 4 inches thick...

Eh?

Arguments sake= 3 sheets of pine 20"x20"x1". Middle sheet turned 90 degrees so the grain runs at right-angles to the top and bottom sheet then glued and clamped.

One piece=20"x20"x3"

How does it not work? That's not my fighting talk I genuinely can't see it not working.
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hmm, I think you get different types of pine, and some are stronger than others. I'm sure the stuff IKEA use is harder than the stuff out of B & Q etc.
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Wow! Those look awesome!
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im digging that grain
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One of the reasons why Pine is used heavily on floors.



im not surprised.

well i think we have a large selection of pine in my grandads shop, and alot of mystery wood that i think my grandad said was something like walnut or oak (or some other archery wood, i made my own bow once when i was into archery hunting).

the wood is weird.. its like completely black or a very dark brown, its very old but not warped. VERY tough wood, anyone know what it could be from those details? ill try to get a picture...
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Black Walnut?




DOH!

your probably right, why didnt i think of that?
duhh me, anyways, is it a decent guitar wood?
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http://www.warmoth.com/guitar/options/options_bodywoods.cfm



Walnut (Juglans nigra):
Luxurious coloring and grain patterns are the earmarks of Walnut. Whether using an oil finish or a deep clear gloss, the pleasing appeal of Walnut always delivers. This is an open grained wood. Walnut is in the heavy weight category but it's not quite as heavy as hard maple. It has a similar sound to hard maple but it tends not to be as bright.

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well if i can find a saw to cut it ill use it then!

would it be ok to have two pieces on top of each other? i think we have mostly about 3/4-1 inch thick pieces.
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most bows use hickory/ash because of the bending properties. im gonna build one one of these days.


i got really into it for a while, i made one out of white oak and another out of osage orange.

pretty fun stuff!
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