#1
my friend emailed me this series of pictures of a guy making a guitar out of very cheap plywood once he was done it Looked good but i bet it sounds like crap wut would a plywood guitar sound like?
#2
like a Squier. Because that's basically what they're made of.


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#3
Affinity Squiers are made from solid alder.
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#5
Like my main guitar!

I am so freaking poor.

edit: It would also have about a two second sustain on open strings.
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#6
I have a squier made out of mahogany! WOOO
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#7
ha i might just buy some and make a rly crappy one put some rly old pickups in it lol sell it to some unknowing guy for a decent amount and he would have no clue
#8
im poor too thats why i have that afinnity im getting an ibanez s470 hopeuflly in about a month
#10
Stop double posting, and stop plotting to rip people off.
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#12
^Posting twice in a row.

I have a plywood Harmony. It's a pretty "light" sounding guitar unplugged. Not much weight to it at all. I'm pretty sure it would sound halfway decent with better than stock pickups. Hell, Asomodai (sp?, a mod) put a Bill Lawrence X500 in his plywood BC Rich Ironbird and it sounds freaking awesome. Might be the combination of his amp, also.
#14
Because it gets annoying after a while. Plus it just fills up so much room within the thread where you can actually edit your posts to say 2 different things.

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#16
The Samick i'm refinishing right now is made of plywood. Learned that while sanding it down :P
#17
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Hell, Asomodai (sp?, a mod) put a Bill Lawrence X500 in his plywood BC Rich Ironbird and it sounds freaking awesome. Might be the combination of his amp, also.


Well the amp was a Marshall mode four, The tone from the amp and whether its great or not is rather subjective.

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The Samick i'm refinishing right now is made of plywood. Learned that while sanding it down :P


i always imagined they were. they're too freaking light =/
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#19
ya what did he string it with rubber bands? plywood wouldnt even hav 2 seconds of sustain becuz it isnt bound that well
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#20
double post lol but after thinking about that samick thing, they probly bind it better, if he just used regualar sheets of plywood its a dead guitar its strum and silent
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#21
learn to use the edit button folks, please.

Btw, don't just assume, just go to a local fender dealer and play a squier bullet.

And the plywood they use is typically made from chips of hardwoods, glued together into a sheet abtou one and a half inches thick.
#22
FYI, the best type of plywood is Finnish plywood. It's mostly voidless (meaning no space between chips/layers) and it usually has a double veneer.

My dad works with it, quite awesome.
#23
^How does it compare to the usual guitar woods (Alder, Mahogany, etc.)?
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#24
I cant remember the exact model but Danelectro made a guitar from a wood composite and plywood. The wood composite was similar to chipboard. the guitar was reissued recently for around £300 and I think it got a good write up in a couple of magazines. Decent wood does make a difference but its not always a bad thing. I assume it was an electric guitar he was building because lots of acoustic guitars are made from plywood but obviously not the stuff you buy from B&Q. Some of these acoustics can be quite pricey.

I also think that if you took all the bits from a Fender strat including the neck and put it on a Squier so all that was left of the Squire was the body I doubt you would notice any difference.

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#25
hmm im not sure bout wut kinda strings he had on it, the site didnt have any media clips of him playing it so idk...
#26
it wouldnt be that bad, i have an MDF body now thats gunna suck on the ole sustain.
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I cant remember the exact model but Danelectro made a guitar from a wood composite and plywood. The wood composite was similar to chipboard. the guitar was reissued recently for around £300 and I think it got a good write up in a couple of magazines. Decent wood does make a difference but its not always a bad thing. I assume it was an electric guitar he was building because lots of acoustic guitars are made from plywood but obviously not the stuff you buy from B&Q. Some of these acoustics can be quite pricey.

I also think that if you took all the bits from a Fender strat including the neck and put it on a Squier so all that was left of the Squire was the body I doubt you would notice any difference.

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#29
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^How does it compare to the usual guitar woods (Alder, Mahogany, etc.)?


I think my alder (I think) Stagg and Harmony Plywood Beast are comparable in sound and such. Right not I'm modding the Harmony. Put new knobs on it so far.
#30
Bob Benedetto has become pretty famous for building amazing sounding guitars out of "trash" materials, including plywood, construction grade pine and other scraps. He made a few construction pine archtops that look horrible, but sound amazing.

And a '59 Danelectro DC was one of Jimmy Page's secret weapons...he rarely used a les paul in the studio.
#31
^^^ that is just not true. the Dano was used for drop tunings and for that hollow thwang that it gave off. His real secret studio guitar was a stratocaster, but even still, The Les Paul was used the most. Jimmy really varied his amps though: Vox, Supro, Marshall, Fender, Orange, Hiwatts... tons. I believe Jimmy may have recorded Kashmir and In My Time of Dying with the dano


about the plywood thing, the Squier Bullet is made from small plywood sheets, about a couple centimeters wide. Theyre all laminated together
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#32
so a plywood guitar would sound similar to a guitar made of alder?
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#33
Quote by ZoSoII_13
^^^ that is just not true. the Dano was used for drop tunings and for that hollow thwang that it gave off. His real secret studio guitar was a stratocaster, but even still, The Les Paul was used the most. Jimmy really varied his amps though: Vox, Supro, Marshall, Fender, Orange, Hiwatts... tons. I believe Jimmy may have recorded Kashmir and In My Time of Dying with the dano


just reporting what i read, and i gladly stand corrected if there are other sources that i have not yet seen.
#34
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#35
CC, The plywood would not come close to alder tonally inless it was compressed into a very very hard laminate body.
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#36
Aren't a lot of hollowbody guitars made from plywood? As long as it's good quality (go for marine or aircraft quality ply, it's expensive but worth it), it should be pretty decent as long as you know how to use it. And most speaker cabs are made from it so it can't be that bad sounding
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#37
mk ZoSoll i dont rly kno im just agreeing with people =)
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#39
Anything that isn't agathis or plywood is relatively speaking "good". Just depends on what you're looking for.

And what does this have to do with plywood?
#40
lite ash is great wood to add snap to your tone, while keeping a full bodied sound. Used on teles and strats sometimes.
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