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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-09-2005, 12:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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I know that it's basically a matter of taste. I was wondering what some of the better wood combinations were. Particularly a topwood and a body wood. For example: I know that Maple top and mahogany is a great combo, but what would go well with a nice flamed Koa top? Also anything else you could tell me about some of the more exotic or sought after woods would be nice. I'm thinking about having an axe built that is kind of like a cross between my Jem and my ibanez AWD82TTRD, with some additions of course. I should be making an additional post about this axe sometime in the future. Since it's modeled after 2 ibanez guitars i was thinking EKG or LGM.
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Re: Tone Woods

http://www.warmoth.com/guitar/option..._bodywoods.cfm

http://www.carvin.com/wood_finish/

Hope that helps. Just make sure with whatever you decided to try and keep the overall weight of the instrument in mind.
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Re: Tone Woods

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http://www.warmoth.com/guitar/option..._bodywoods.cfm

http://www.carvin.com/wood_finish/

Hope that helps. Just make sure with whatever you decided to try and keep the overall weight of the instrument in mind.
Thanks for da link ..... I've been looking for this for quite sometime
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Hope that helps. Just make sure with whatever you decided to try and keep the overall weight of the instrument in mind.
Absolutely true.

I am building a padauk bodied rg. It sounded like a good idea at the time, and it will sound fantastic. But I have come up against this weight issue. The body is going to be extremely heavy, but I probably could have foreseen this. The thing that surprised me was the dust that comes off this thing. Because it is sooooo dense, and quite an oily wood, the dust is very fine, and actually quite irritating in every way. Oh, and boy does it stain!

Basically the tone will have to be god-like to persuade me to make another one.

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Re: Tone Woods

well, weight isn't as great a concern because it'll be a semi hollow, which will help. I would like to keep it relatively light tho
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Re: Tone Woods

Ok so i'm thinking Swamp ash with a flamed koa top or alder with the same top, any suggestions?
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Ok so i'm thinking Swamp ash with a flamed koa top or alder with the same top, any suggestions?
That sounds great to me! If you want to know what works with a semi-hollow, look at what Jim Solloway uses. He uses a lot of swamp ash, and it is a fine sounding wood.

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Re: Tone Woods

Swamp Ash is a very light wood, from what I've heard.
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Re: Tone Woods

Spruce may be worth looking in to for a semi hollow body's top. The curly and flamed maples make a great looking top, but for tone the secret is spruce...
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Wow, a Lace wood Jem would look increadable, man I think I know what my next JEM project is now, since its tone is simular to Alder.
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Re: Tone Woods

I believe ash varies greatly in density. My ash RG is noticeably heavier than my basswood ones. But still very bearable.
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