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robanomoly 09-12-2008 07:46 AM

Cherry for a guitar body?
 
I am using cherry to build my kitchen cabinetry, accidetally dropped a board (rough sawn, 2x6x18) from a couple of inches above the concrete floor, and it rang when it hit the floor! So, I picked it up, tapped it, and sure enough, it has a ringning tone to it. Which made me wonder, has anyone used cherry for an electric solid body?

Not that I need another project...

scott from _actual time_ 09-12-2008 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by robanomoly (Post 1211339)
Which made me wonder, has anyone used cherry for an electric solid body?

i've heard it has a nice, midrangy sound a lot like mahogany. of course it would look gorgeous. i think the reason it's incredibly rare to see anyone use cherry for an electric guitar is that it's very expensive, especially in large enough pieces to make a body blank.

robanomoly 09-12-2008 09:22 AM

The lumberyard I go to sells 8/4 FAS cherry for $5.75 bd/ft, and 8/4 FAS african mahogany is $5.50 bd/ft. So, it's not much more expensive. I'll have to do some tone-tap testing comparing the cherry and mahogany.

Elysian 09-12-2008 09:29 AM

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Originally Posted by robanomoly (Post 1211432)
The lumberyard I go to sells 8/4 FAS cherry for $5.75 bd/ft, and 8/4 FAS african mahogany is $5.50 bd/ft. So, it's not much more expensive. I'll have to do some tone-tap testing comparing the cherry and mahogany.

yeah, same here, roughly, cherry is about half the price of honduran mahogany, with african mahogany right behind honduran in price. but i don't go to the lumberyard, the wood i buy is already rough cut and kiln dried.

robanomoly 09-12-2008 10:04 AM

The lumberyard I go to is all rough sawn and dried as well. I was suprised how tough it was just to find a lumberyard with rough sawn material. The nearest one I found is 1 1/2 hours away.

darren 09-12-2008 11:02 AM

Cherry was used quite a bit in the '70s. I'm not sure why it's fallen out of favour. I've heard it's very bright, but also very heavy.

scott from _actual time_ 09-12-2008 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by robanomoly (Post 1211432)
The lumberyard I go to sells 8/4 FAS cherry for $5.75 bd/ft, and 8/4 FAS african mahogany is $5.50 bd/ft. So, it's not much more expensive. I'll have to do some tone-tap testing comparing the cherry and mahogany.

wow--prices have changed since the last time i went wood-shopping. by all means check it out and report back--a cherry guitar would look awesome.

BigM555 09-12-2008 11:35 AM

DO IT!! :yesway:

I can't wait to see a cherry robnomaly creation!!

Solstafir 09-12-2008 01:48 PM

Cherry huh? It'll definetely look interestingm and i believe it;ll sound unique, too... GO FOR IT! ;)

jacksonplayer 09-12-2008 02:09 PM

The old Conklin Groove Tools GTG-7 had a Cherry body. I didn't think it sounded bad, but it's definitely not a warm sound.

TomAwesome 09-12-2008 03:12 PM

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Originally Posted by jacksonplayer (Post 1211746)
The old Conklin Groove Tools GTG-7 had a Cherry body. I didn't think it sounded bad, but it's definitely not a warm sound.

I was going to bring up Conklin. I think they use cherry in some of their guitars and other basses.

Project2501 10-05-2008 11:14 AM

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Originally Posted by TomAwesome (Post 1211819)
I was going to bring up Conklin. I think they use cherry in some of their guitars and other basses.

They do. Mine is Cherry. I have spoken with the Conklin guys in the past to confirm it. FWIW I love the sound of the Cherry wood.

7deadlysins666 10-05-2008 11:31 AM

My tele will have a Cherry neck. The guy thats building it says Cherry looks and feels just like maple. And if its bright light you guys say, then thats awesome because I want a bright tone on this guitar. But Cherry is fine for guitars.

robanomoly 10-06-2008 06:34 AM

Thank you everyone for your input. My next build will probably be cherry if there is enough cherry remaining after building my kitchen cabinets (and table and chairs). So, I'd better get the kitchen done!

I hadn't thought about building the neck out of cherry. 7deadlysins666, what kind of fingerboard are you using?

Zoltta 10-06-2008 11:07 AM

Damn i just cut down a giant ass cherry tree in my backyard and used it for firewood LOL. Didnt realize it was worth so much.


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