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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-23-2010, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help. I'm looking for a new electric, and upon realizing that my dream does not exist, I am setting out to build my own. My question is: What woods do you suggest using. Both neck (bolt on) and body (strat style). (I prefer light colored fretboards but tone is more important.) My playing style is closest to an artist named Lincoln Brewster, or to a lesser extent Santana. Long sustain, and bright, bluesy/crunchy tone. Suggestions are appreciated.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-25-2010, 07:20 PM
 
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Re: Wood????

mahogany is a good wood for those tone and Santana uses prs guitars made of mahogany,
or since your making strat you could try getting an alder body alder giver a bright sound
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-26-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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Mahogany with maple cap and a mahogany set neck.

Is there really no guitar that offers you this? What features are missing in the main stream production guitars?
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-26-2010, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Oh there are plenty that are close but none tat are just right. I want lots of wierd stuff. HSS Strat, floyd rose, 24 frets. longer scale length, fairly thing neck radius. backbeveled lower cut away. lots of little things. plus i've always wanted to make my own.
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I agree with what's been said about a mahogany with a maple cap. That being said, if you decide not to build your own, I'm sure Carvin would get you where you want to go with their customization options...
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. . . Long sustain, and bright, bluesy/crunchy tone. . . .
I thought "alder" right off the bat, with a fixed bridge giving you great sustain. I played a G&L ASAT once that your words would fit perfectly.

Not trying to discourage you at all, I myself would like to build my own guitar someday . . . BUT just keep in mind that it takes a lot of experience to be able to get a reasonable idea of how the finished instrument will sound just from tapping pieces of wood. Even luthiers who have created hundreds of instruments still find it a challenge. It's a safe generalization to say "a more resonant piece of timber will produce a more resonant and thus better-sounding guitar," but any further than that isn't possible.

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Oh there are plenty that are close but none tat are just right. I want lots of wierd stuff. HSS Strat, floyd rose, 24 frets. longer scale length, fairly thing neck radius. backbeveled lower cut away. lots of little things. plus i've always wanted to make my own.
Fair enough then.

I am toying with the idea of doing a Les Paul but using a maple neck and ebony board. In theory that should remove some of the bottom end and make it a bit sharper.

I think for what you are after, mahogany and maple and a set neck sound right.
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