Cherry for a guitar body?

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  1. robanomoly

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    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...
     
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    scott from _actual time_ grumpy old man Contributor

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    darren Decibel Guitars Forum MVP

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    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.
     
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    scott from _actual time_ grumpy old man Contributor

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    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.
     
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    DO IT!! :yesway:

    I can't wait to see a cherry robnomaly creation!!
     
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    Cherry huh? It'll definetely look interestingm and i believe it;ll sound unique, too... GO FOR IT! ;)
     
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    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.
     
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    TomAwesome I LIKE JUICE!!!

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