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post #61 of 231 (permalink) Old 08-10-2007, 06:32 PM
 
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Re: I Dub Thee, Power Jem

Project is looking good! Awesome ideas!
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Is that really a 14-piece body?
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It used to be a cutting board!
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Is that really a 14-piece body?

You better believe it buddy! Actually, I believe it's 16 pieces.

It's poplar and cedar. Poplar gets used sometimes in guitars, but I've never seen cedar be used. I don't know if there is a draw back to using cedar or not. This is not the aromatic version of cedar though. It might have a slight smell, but you can't smell it with it sitting in front of you. Even when you cut it you can't smell it.

Cedar and poplar are both very hard woods, both of these woods are very available to me and are cheap to buy. This started out as an exercise to see if I could make a guitar and see how hard it would actually be. It's not as difficult as I thought it would be, although I'm not finished with it yet. However, I think it'll make a good sounding guitar.

It did look like a cutting board when I started it. I laminated everything together, cut into a square blank and gave it to a friend of mine to plane flat. I considered using it as such, but then I got the idea to use it to make a guitar and see how it comes out.

So, what do you think about the "cutting board"?
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They use Cedar all the time on classical guitar tops.
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They use Cedar all the time on classical guitar tops.

I didn't know that....cool. I think next time I'm going to use some different woods you wouldn't commonly see in a guitar like Shedua, Nigerian Pearwood, Satinwood, Leopardwood, Purpleheart, Bloodwood. Now some of those woods would make an interesting visual mixture. Would definitely have to leave something like that natural and unpainted.
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my question is...how is the sound from all these different woods?
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post #69 of 231 (permalink) Old 08-16-2007, 04:34 PM
 
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It's not even finished yet!
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It's not even finished yet!

+1 on that.

Well, poplar is used to make guitars and apparently cedar is used as well. So, I would expect it to sound pretty good. At least as good as basswood...perhaps "better" - since it is personal perception of what's better or worse. Will definitely find out once it's finished.

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post #71 of 231 (permalink) Old 08-17-2007, 08:58 AM
 
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That guitar looks beautiful. You are quite the woodworker

I wonder what a similar guitar built out of strips of all the major tonewoods would sound like?

Would it have a balanced tone or sound horrible?

I bet it would look stunning.

p.s. Please update us with some pics as soon as possible. I really wanna see how it turns out

Rock on!
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Thanks! I didn't get a chance to work on it last weekend, but will be working on it this weekend.

Yea, I've wondered too about the major tone-woods that we always see being made into guitars - like basswood, mahagony, alder....anything else? I think it would have a balanced tone. At least it would make sense if it did. All of those woods sound great by themselves....why not a mixture of them, you know.

The more I work on this the more I'm tempted into going into the custom guitar making business.....at least for alittle bit on the weekends. I've even come up with my own headstock shape. Still working on a proper name though.

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CORNERSTONE Guitars by Courtney.... how catchy is that?

As far as logo, just a CS in nice handwritten style.

Won't charge you consultancy fees for that...
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So, what do you think about the "cutting board"?
I dunno! On one hand, I know that cedar is a great, resonant wood, but on the other, I've seen people consider even 7-piece Fender bodies complete junk, pretty much because there are so many pieces that it might affect the resonance. Myself, I'm not a gear snob and I prefer not to say "this will sound like trash because of blah blah" -- it's just not possible to predict how it'll sound yet, you could well put together a knockout instrument. I hope so.

Good luck anyway! I'm sure it'll be a great project and I'll look forward to the pics.
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If you mess up the routing and drilling...you still have a nice cutting board.
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