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So... I just cut down five trees in my back yard. What does this have to do with electric guitar, you ask?

Well, I cut down two huge maples, an oak, a birch, and a cedar. I'm an artist. So... i'm looking at the trunks of the trees, before I split them, and I start thinking... I can carve some guitars out of these. The trunk widths of the maples are at least four feet circles...

I'm really good at sculpture (went to college and all that, for art, etc...)... This seems like it would be really easy and i've already drawn up some pix of some prototypes. They look really cool.

Has anyone done this? Is the maple the best or just for the neck? What would be (is) the best wood for the neck and *cough* other part? It seems like such a cool and easy project, especially considering you can just use a chain saw to carve off perfect size pieces then chisels. Can a profit be made off of this, I have a huge amount of wood? Anyone with experience out there in UG who might know?

Thanks!! (In advance.)
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Lol. Guitar bodies can sell for a bit depending on what they're made out of and if they're good quality. Just depends where you sell them.
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I got yer wood right here!


yeah I think this goes in the modding and customizing forum
#7
Maple is a good wood for bodies. Solid, with a bright tone. A little heavy. Lynch used maple in alot of his bodies and toned the bright down with the Screamin' Demon pickups.

Since you're an artist, experiment with the other three. I don't think you'll get good results...if they were good woods for bodies they woulda been used already. But hey, since you're a sculptor they could always make good wall art. Make the bodies, and paint the hardware on.
#8
I'm pretty sure you will need to dry the woods for a fair amount of time before they will be suitable for body making.
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I'm pretty sure you will need to dry the woods for a fair amount of time before they will be suitable for body making.

Most definitely.
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#10
You can't use that wood right now, it's most likely still moist. It needs to be dried for a while before it can be used to make a guitar body or neck.

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Maple's usable for most applications in a guitar. Oak, according to LP addict over in GB&C is similar to ash. Birch is related to Alder. Cedar is used in acoustics sometimes.
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#13
Without reading the thread at all, Just think about baseball and the erection should go down.
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#14
Dude you should experiment with mixes like a solid maple body with like a cedar arch top ect... These would be very unique and my guess is that collectors would want these one of a kind guitars. But make sure you spend alot of time learning how to make it the best quality possible. Hope that helps
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wrong forum.


this should be in the gear modding customizing forum or whatever its called

I think




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#$#% Greenpeace.

Those trees were gonna fall on my house.

goddamn greenpeace freaks

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Without reading the thread at all, Just think about baseball and the erection should go down.


Hrm. I think I know what you mean but I don't have an erection AND more importantly... I'm not thinking about reproducing them in mass quantity... I just want one or two of them with PERFECT grains on the wood and it looks like it's going to be maple, based on the other great advice I got.

I just want one or two and will work on them for like a year, to make each one unique and cool. Carve the hell out of it.

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Quote by samuwel
I'm pretty sure you will need to dry the woods for a fair amount of time before they will be suitable for body making.


hrm. crap. I guess that makes sense. Then carve and stain them. aargh.

thanks.

Anyone know what the BEST wood is for electric wood guitars? regardless of what I chopped down? I'm on a mission now.
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Maple is a good wood for bodies. Solid, with a bright tone. A little heavy. Lynch used maple in alot of his bodies and toned the bright down with the Screamin' Demon pickups.

Since you're an artist, experiment with the other three. I don't think you'll get good results...if they were good woods for bodies they woulda been used already. But hey, since you're a sculptor they could always make good wall art. Make the bodies, and paint the hardware on.


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#21
I am not sure if this applies to every type of wood, but only one percent of spruce logs are suitable for making guitars.
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