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Unread 04-06-2009, 04:06 AM   #1
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Pine any good for a guitar body?

Well theres this Gargantuan pine tree in my front yard that sadly is going to be cut down as its comming to close to the power lines and its roots are starting to tap into my plumbing so its gotta go. Now i just wanna know if its useable for a body as id love to be able to just make some cheap guitars for practice. Any ever heard of using pine? id love to know thanks!!
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Unread 04-06-2009, 04:20 AM   #2
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well it's good.
There's a Telecaster classic vibe squier out there (basically the first telecaster was pine body) and a lot of tele lovers actually swear for it.

it should be resonant, slightly bright and with a good response...

now make a tele! It's a simple guitar, so it's also a good idea for a first guitar
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well it's good.
There's a Telecaster classic vibe squier out there (basically the first telecaster was pine body) and a lot of tele lovers actually swear for it.

it should be resonant, slightly bright and with a good response...

now make a tele! It's a simple guitar, so it's also a good idea for a first guitar
This. Pine teles ftw I've never actually gotten to play one but jesus, they sound pretty nice.

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There are different types of pine though.
The Classic Vibe is made from a relatively heavy/dense type of pine. Not all types of pine are suitable for guitar making, because they're just too soft.
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If you're just looking for something to mess with for a first build, it doesn't really matter what type of wood you use... go for it!
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Well theres this Gargantuan pine tree in my front yard that sadly is going to be cut down as its comming to close to the power lines and its roots are starting to tap into my plumbing so its gotta go. Now i just wanna know if its useable for a body as id love to be able to just make some cheap guitars for practice. Any ever heard of using pine? id love to know thanks!!
It will work just fine but the wood needs to be seasoned....

Once cut you must be sure that the wood humidity drops down to at least 8 - 9 % humidity....

Then it must acclimatate to the environement in which you will be building it for a couple weeks, recommended workshop athmosphere is 45-50% humidity....

Only then you can plain it.....

If you dont do that the wood will shrink later on and crack, swell etc.....

I have experimented with pine, its fantastic stuff but keep in mind that its also very fragile depending on which specie you will be using....

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It will work just fine but the wood needs to be seasoned....

Once cut you must be sure that the wood humidity drops down to at least 8 - 9 % humidity....

Then it must acclimatate to the environement in which you will be building it for a couple weeks, recommended workshop athmosphere is 45-50% humidity....

Only then you can plain it.....

If you dont do that the wood will shrink later on and crack, swell etc.....

I have experimented with pine, its fantastic stuff but keep in mind that its also very fragile depending on which specie you will be using....

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I've heard of Teles being made out of Pine and they have some serious tone.
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I've heard of Teles being made out of Pine and they have some serious tone.
They do, amazing acoustic sounding solid body instruments....

The one I built turned out to be the most resonant guitar I ever built, but its very fragile wood......

Benedetto made an epic pine guitar to demonstrate that bad tonewood does not exist...

Turned out to be one of his best sounding archtops...



I finally found the picture of my pine guitar^^ I put benedetto pickups on it as well

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Wow thanks guys this wont be my first guitar build as im building a Bubinga 7 string with my Father as a Mentor but i was thinkin of trying out building a pine one myself.

Now does anyone know how id go about finding out what type of pine tree it is? i can take a picture of it if anyone thinks they can figure it out just by looking.

To bad about how the wood has to acclimate to the working environment..i thinking of using my sundeck.... GET OUT OF MY HEAD DEVRIES!!!

JUST KIDDING. But thats still good to know.

So if its such fragile wood would it make more sense to just build solid body guitars with no inner chambers or anything and would i want to shy away from a V style body cuz if it is that fragile it would REALLLLLLY suck balls to snap off a leg just putting it in its case.

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I finally found the picture of my pine guitar^^ I put benedetto pickups on it as well

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That wood looks awesome

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It was 2 piece of pine which i bought for less then 8 dollars, then I laminated them together like a sandwish to make the proper body thickness

Then I stained it with a regular braun stain and oil finished it

I did not sand the body and left all the work and stress marks on the guitar top, back and sides...
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Would using multiple layers help with the strength?

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Would using multiple layers help with the strength?
Its like spruce, very fragile.....

The only way would be to spray a very thick coat of 2 part lacquer to make it become very strong...
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What about a tonally inert casing or rim to protect a pine core, similar to the carbon-fibre Oni? You could probably design an instrument that sounds massively huge while isolating the pickups to keep down feedback with a little applied physics.
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What about a tonally inert casing or rim to protect a pine core, similar to the carbon-fibre Oni? You could probably design an instrument that sounds massively huge while isolating the pickups to keep down feedback with a little applied physics.
Sure that would be great as an experiment, I would never do something like that but I'm sure that somebody could try and it would turn out great...
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