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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by bassksun, Aug 20, 2007.
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I recently started a project using Spanish Cedar as the body core... it looks a lot like mahogany, but I'd guess it's at least 1/3 lighter than the lightest mahogany I've ever handled. It's fairly soft, so I'm not sure but what it needs a hard finish. It works really nicely, smells decent, and doesn't seem to splinter. All points in its favor, IMHO.
There really are quite a few woods that can be used for body cores...some are a bit soft and may serve better as the "meat in the sandwich", while others can serve as the entire body
Here's your list plus some that I've added...
Cedar sounds like a good one. Porous like Poplar..no?
Aren't some of those like maple and walnut pretty heavy?
hard ash and mahogany are my favorites.
I agree but I will add Walnut
i love walnut. dark and growly, but dense enough to have perfect articulation.
i've been really interested in using korina lately, opinions?
i really dont like basswood, alder, and agathis. sounds too generic.
In think I'll order some Walnut and Mahogany...
No love for Rosewood?
As a body wood?
My personal favorite is Swamp Ash. Good grain, fairly light, and (IMO), great tonewood.
i played a electric guitar with a rosewood body. didnt like it one bit. very sterile and terrible harmonics. after that experience, i wouldnt use it for any solid body
Others will agree.
Rosewood is way too heavy for most people's tastes for a body wood.
A few people around here have really liked butternut.
Butternut. Now thats new to the list. As a special needs/handicapped person I'm alays on the lookout for the lightest wood combinations possible.
Poplar is cheap and available around here so I'm using lots of that. But its getting boring.
Any time you use a lighter color soft core wood (ex poplar) with a hard/dark top and bottom wood be prepared for the softer wood to; stain easily, develop low spots, and be an all around pain in the butt.
George Harrison had a Rosewood Tele. though it was a sandwich of Rose/Maple/Rose or Ash instead of maple I cannot remember what the lam in the middle was, they are supposed to sound pretty nice. I know they do look fantastic!
butternut? ive never heard of that being used. whats the tone like?
ive noticed MTD uses tulip wood. hows the tone on that?