#1
I imagine this thread is legit and doesn't break any rules so I'm sorry if it does :\

I'd appreciate it if someone could tell me what type of wood this is





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Last edited by 21Fretter at Oct 30, 2009,
#2
Looks like Plywood to me.....though I may be looking at it funny. What guitar is it?
#3
It's just some cheap guitar i picked up a while ago, a Starfire or something like that. Some suggested it may be plywood but that was before we could even see the wood so it was just educated guess work at the time.

Even if it's ply, i may still rebuild it just for the experience. I can't imagine the wood would destroy the tone THAT much :\
#5
Quote by Vikingx
Looks more like MDF to me... because of the lack of grain.


Would that be a good or bad thing vs ply? I'm basically just looking for anything that's better than ply since from what i've picked up, ply is basically the worst wood.
#7
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Would that be a good or bad thing vs ply? I'm basically just looking for anything that's better than ply since from what i've picked up, ply is basically the worst wood.


MDF is essentially wood chips and pulp glued into a solid form.
Do not want.... not even for a speaker cabinet, but especially not for a guitar.
#8
That definitely does sound like a "DO NOT WANT!" :\ Maybe I'll just scrap this, try resell it.

Edit: If it is MDF, am I to expect absolutely nothing good out of it regardless of the hardware i rebuild it with?
Last edited by 21Fretter at Oct 30, 2009,
#9
Thats MDF, I used it to build my pedalboard. I wouldn't know what it'll sound like with decent hardware.

Careful with MDF if you plan on sanding or cutting or whatever, the dust can cause eye and lung irritation.
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#10
MDF is a crap "wood". However, I would rebuild it anyway, because wood is one of the things that least affect your tone.
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#11
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However, I would rebuild it anyway, because wood is one of the things that least affect your tone.


Are you daft? Wood makes an enormous difference! Why do metal players typically prefer maple necks with ebony fretboards? Because it sounds different from mahogany and rosewood!

MDF. You don't want it. MDF << Plywood.
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Last edited by Copaman at Oct 30, 2009,
#12
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Are you daft? Wood makes an enormous difference! Why do metal players typically prefer maple necks with ebony fretboards? Because it sounds different from mahogany and rosewood!

MDF. You don't want it. MDF << Plywood.



Isnt it because it plays faster, not exactly the sound?
#13
Not necessarily. Finish of the neck plays a huge part of how fast it plays. Because the frets are above the wood, the fretboard material doesn't play much of a part in speed either.

The answer lies in how the wood resonates. Maple and Ebony resonate in such a way that higher frequencies are louder, giving a trebly, attacky sound preferred by metal players.
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#14
Nope, Ebony is very "colourless" so it reproduces harmonics extremely well.
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#15
To me or Alexander?
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#16
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Copa, you're dead on as well.
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#17
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I'd appreciate it if someone could tell me what type of wood this is
If wood was meat, this would be ground beef.
Actually, not even beef. Mystery meat. Like in the school cafeteria chili.
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#18
I've always been a fan of mystery meat :P Nah, I think I'm gonna scrap this :\ Try repawn it to someone. Maybe someone just wants to practice refinishing.
#20
Strip it off, get some awesome paintwork on it, add on cheap (but nice looking) hardware and hang it on your wall as art.

You'll be able to practise with it - just don't go out gigging with it.
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#21
If i do decide to mission on with this, would i need to reseal the "wood" (guess we have to use this term loosely in this case :P) before spraying?
#22
Dude, thats MDF. MDF is a sound supresser wood, they use it to build those giant speaker boxes for the wiggers bass speakers to put in their cars. It absorbs all tone, not to mention its a fraigal wood. I would scrap it, its not even worth the resale.
#23
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Nope, Ebony is very "colourless" so it reproduces harmonics extremely well.
Ebony is suppose to be as bright as maple if not brighter.




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#24
Definately MDF.

To quote Otter, of course:
MDF wieghs a metric ****ton, and sucks up water like a fatkid goes through smarties.



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Definately MDF.

To quote Otter, of course:
MDF wieghs a metric ****ton, and goes through tools like a fat kid goes through smarties.


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