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Would you take this Alder blank for body?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by shai-ga, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. shai-ga


    Dec 31, 2006
    Holon, Israel
    I have an option to buy this Alder blank for a body;
    It is 2 1/4" thick and I think it's a beautiful piece of wood.
    Would you consider using this one even though the grains don't go straight?
  2. Jonsbasses


    Oct 21, 2006
    Fort Worth, TX
    Builder: Jon's Basses
    The mineral stain / heartwood isn't very appealing and is checking and there is a large knot in the piece, knots usually crack. I wouldn't consider the piece suitable for instrument making.
  3. Stay away.....stay away....

    Grain and appearance are in the eye of the beholder....to me, besides the checking, the biggest problem is that there is unstable wood in the area around the neck pocket, no matter which end you choose for your neck joint.
  4. bodoger


    Feb 28, 2008
    Chapmanville, WV
    I would put under the corner of a couch thats missing a leg.
    But thats just me:bassist:
  5. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
  6. teej


    Aug 19, 2004
    Sheffield, AL 35660
    I'm told alder is good for smoking.

    Meats, that is.
  7. orgmorg


    Jan 25, 2008
    Dismal, Tennessee
    Nah.. just gives you a headache.
  8. maybe as a top..
  9. radii


    Feb 16, 2007
    I understand that you like the piece and it could make for an interesting top, but I think that some pieces that are being offered these day for a considerable amount of money, are pushing the boundaries of what is "tasty" and what is nothing more then a big, fat defect.
    Tops these days, seem to be a whole lot wilder then they used to be 10-15 years ago, and retailers try to sell anything, no matter what the defect, that could potentially appeal to somebody. Maybe it's just me ...
  10. shai-ga


    Dec 31, 2006
    Holon, Israel
    I guess you are probably right, but still have the feeling that if I do take this wood (which goes for $15) It will make a fine sounding bass.
    I need to use only 3/4 of this board - without that big brown part.

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