#1
Me and my father are planning on building an electric guitar. My father is a custom cabinet maker and he has al the tools for it. He has some long strips of thick wood called Douglas Fir and I wanted ot know if anyone has ever heard about using Douglas fir wood to build a guitar? If its a nice tone? If its even usable? Thanks..
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Last edited by guitarkid7 at Mar 11, 2007,
#2
ok well for a start it's spelt Douglas Fir. Apparently it's known for it's high strength and it's used to build aircraft so i'm sure it wouldn't snap under tension or nething. As for the tone, dunno, u will have to wait and see.
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#3
But isn't Douglas Fir like in the pine-family or close to that?
If it is, I would image that it would be to soft for a guitar.
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#4
not according to wikipedia.
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#6
its light and strong id believe its flexible too. its in the pine family
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#7
I don't know how it would be in terms of tone, my guess is perfectly good in its own way, but something to think about is the potentially difficulty in finishing it since I think most firs have very deep and open grains.
#8
I have read somewhere that fir makes a great tonewood... don't remember where though... hey, as long as the wood is strong enough you can try it, pine is supposedly a shitty tone wood because its too soft and what not.... but the pinecaster tells us otherwise!

If you don't try new woods then you won't ever get a personal tone, wich is what I think most people want when building their own guitar, something personal.


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...If you don't try new woods then you won't ever get a personal tone, wich is what I think most people want when building their own guitar, something personal.

So start your build/mod already! Glad to see you remember the PineCaster Don't remember how many times I've posted that when soft, or non-tonewoods are brought up. However, you forgot to paste the pics and YouTube link

BTW, again, good job on the Ultimate Refinishing sticky!

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Me and my father are planning on building an electric guitar. My father is a custom cabinet maker and he has al the tools for it. He has some long strips of thick wood called Douglas Fir and I wanted ot know if anyone has ever heard about using Douglas fir wood to build a guitar? If its a nice tone? If its even usable? Thanks..


fir is a great tonewood for the top of the guitar. Not for the back and sides. It'll give you a bright, tight tone. It's more difficult to work with than spruce or cedar because it splits easy but if your dad is a wood worker he should have no trouble. Make sure the wood is perfectly quarter cut with no runnout. Back and sides should be a hardwood of some sort. If you don't want to fork out money for mahogany or rosewood then oak, poplar, cherry, apple, pear, walnut, myrtle and maple are all good alternative woods to use. Again make sure that the back and sides are quarter cut.
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