#1
I was going through my dad's "scrap" wood in his shop, looking for something to use for the body of a build. I came across some 3/4" thick poplar. My dad suggested laminating the wood in the like of having a piece of 1/4" wood in the middle, to have a 1 3/4" blank. He has some 1/4" mahogany that he could use to put together the blank for me. Would this be a suitable choice for a body? Is doing a 3 piece like this going to kill tone/sustain?

It would be put together like this:

[3/4" Poplar] - [1/4" Mahogany] - [3/4" Poplar]

or let P = 1/4" of Poplar and let M = 1/4" of Mahogany

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#2
What I think I'd do in that situation would be:
Glue the 2 peices of poplar together.
Route chambers into the poplar, and then glue the mahogany over the top and add a nice F hole.

I'd imagine it'd sound quite nice, but it's upto you.
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Last edited by RJackson at Jul 25, 2009,
#3
I'm set on making a solid body. I just got an Agile Telecaster Thinline clone so I have no GAS for another semi-hollow at the moment.

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#4
it would work fine. just use a thin layer of glue between your laminates and you wont have an issue. some of the high end bass builders do something similar with like 1/8" thick laminates so the lines show through the carves and sh!t... besides, if you're a stickler for "teh tonewoodz make teh br00talz", poplar has a nice alder-type sound so it'll be bright despite the thin layers of glue and the mahogany in the middle... plus your arm carve and belly cuts will look schweeeet

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and quit playing with your dad's wood... go mess around with your own
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#6
According to your calculations you have double the poplar you said you have?
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#7
Yeah, if the mahogany is really nice, put it on the top Les Paul-style. If not, put it in the middle for the tonal qualities that nuthinbuttrubl8 said.
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According to your calculations you have double the poplar you said you have?


He didn't specifically mention the quantity of which he obtained. He just simply stated it's thickness.
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