#1
so im planning to build my own bolt on neck 6 string sometime in the next few months
but ive been trying to decide on a wood
im shooting for original body design which is why i wanna get a block of wood and do the work myself.

here are some i was thinking of

Mahogany: obviously i love this wood, but its really pricey!
Swamp Ash: heard good things, but havent played anything built on it, so no clue
zebrawood: looks stunning, but i doubt im gonna want a natural finish

of course there is cheaper stuff

one of my friends works at a mill with primarily Hemlock,
but i was wondering if anyone has heard anything about hemlock being used for guitars. i could probably get the hemlock for free, just dont know if its worthy of the time.
but at the same time, i dont want to ruin a $200 block of Mahogany

any input or other suggestions (give a description of wood tone, plz)
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#3
If its Eastern Hemlock, i've heard that it has very good tonal qualities.
I know that they are stiff tops for acoustics however i have never heard people use it for electrics.

Just check the weight of it compared to the other woods first.
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#4
warmoth is too general with tone description

and im finding out right now about the hemlock origin
its about 5:30 am over here and my bud is going to work right now
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#5
Well what sound do you want out the guitar?

Is Hemlock a hardwood?

BTW mahogany is not that expensive, especially in the US just go to a lumberyard or something.




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#6
im trying to find a lumber yard nearby
ive heard of plenty across the border (canada)
and i dont want to spend a bunch on it in case i **** up
after surfing through some other threads though,
im considering poplar, that or something with a dark warm tone

and hemlock is apparently average hardness, considered a softwood with a low density

Edit: so my buddys place carries eastern hemlock
and he says he can try and find me a couple scrap blocks of the dimension im looking for (i guessed 2 x 8 x 24, correct if this is wrong plz)
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#7
so i found a local lumber shop that happens to carry a decent selection of woods

from what i could tell the prices were better than what i was finding online

i asked about a 2" x 8" x 6' plank
they told me $55

does anyone know if this is a good deal
(im really trusting nuthinbuttrouble's advice lately, he knows alot)
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#8
^ what wood is that a price for? for a 6 foot plank thats pretty good (in comparison to what I have to pay in the UK) you could get at least 2 body blanks out of that.




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#9
6 Feet?

You can get 3 bodies out of that, and if it is anything like Swamp Ash, Alder, Mahogany, yeah it's a screaming deal.
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#10
sweet then
i guess im getting it

i love being in timber country
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#11
yeah lumber yard. id go swamp ash myself, or sapele. both great woods.
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#12
i prefer mahogany tone
but they have a bunch of other cool stuff

like purpleheart
which looks really cool

they had some nice zebrawood as well
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#13
Where are you, if you don't mind me asking? I've been looking for a lumber yard near me for ages.
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#14
ill give you a block of mahogany big enough for a ONE PIECE body for 65 dollars =]

hemlock.... you dont want hemlock, really really soft, warps randomly, just not a good thing to have when you are making a precise instrument. really, dont even bother. zebrawood is very gorgeous, but its very expensive, and HEAVY. i recomennd you get some nice woods and do a natural/oil finish if its your first experience at guitar building or woodworking, trust me if you have nice woods, you will appreciate the fact you did it.
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Where are you, if you don't mind me asking? I've been looking for a lumber yard near me for ages.

bellingham, washington about 25 miles from the border of surrey/blaine

and lp addict
its my first build
so the less i spend on it, the better i feel about myself if i **** it up

although i have heard good things about your business
and if all goes well for my first
ill surely come to you for the second

plus i dont where your at
but im sure it requires shipping lol
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