Thordendal OakenPew

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  1. J_Mac

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    Father-in-Law acquired an old church pew, sawed it down to the size they wanted and gave me a big chunk of oak perfect for a body. They don't know any details about where it came from, but it could be hundreds of years old in theory. There isn't much on the internet about oak as a body wood, Ben Crowe used a piece for his 6 hour build so I guess it's useable. I've read that it can be bright sounding when first sawn but mellows with age, so maybe sounding a bit darker after a couple of centuries having Christians arses on it?

    Can anyone suggest any complimentary woods for the neck?

    Since it's a blessed piece of God wood I was thinking blasphemy. Maybe red over black stain with gothic inlays. Or take a blow torch to it, a la Ben Crowe.

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    I would do, maybe a flamed maple fretboard. And a matching piece of the oak for the headstock.
     
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    Cool. Neck wood? Maybe wenge-bubinga-maple laminate? Or keep it simple with maple or mahogany?
     
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    Bubinga with 2 wenge stripes?

    Never really see a combo like that
     
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    Good shout mate. That would be sweet!
     
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    uhh Brian May from queen's red special is made of oak. I say do either wenge-maple-wenge-maple-wenge for the neck or do mahogany/maple but dye the maple black.
     
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    Yes! Good call. I've heard that about his guitar. Maybe I'll sharpen some pennies for picks and get a perm too. Not sarcastic btw, really dig the May. Might take the opportunity to try an unusual design! I always fancied taking measurements of my body to dictate the shape of the guitar, like F1 drivers have their seats moulded.
     
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    that's what I did for my headless prototype. I took everything I didn't like about my strandbergs, figured out what was more comfortable for me and then carved the shit out of it. Currently doing the same thing with the explorer body I'm building.
     
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    Explorer? Superb, might be my favourite guitar shape! Any pics dude?
     
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    My vote is that you keep the patina on that oak. Just do it without an arm/body contour and a micro bevel on the edge... Oh and I would think just a plain maple neck would look killer.

    Concerning oak bodies, they are on the heavy side, but not so heavy they become unwieldy. Northern ash weighs about the same as white oak, and people use that in guitars all the time. Personally I just prefer my guitars super lightweight.
     
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    That piece of oak is already chambered!... I mean channeled... eaten... :D
     
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    Yeah I'm doing a kit body in gold sparkle and the 8 string body. 8 string body is prob getting a sapele veneer or else a flame maple top (once I find one that'll fit). The 8 string one is pretty rough still since I'm still carving the belly contour/bevels
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    i love unusual neck wood combos.

    coming down my pipeline i got some canarywood, bloodwood, and some bocote.
     
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    i second keeping the patina, and just doing a BM style bevel for the forearm. worst case scenario there are products that bring the patina back.
     
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    +1 on keeping the patina. You'll have to blend the sides though I suppose. Cool piece of wood!
     
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    I hadn't even thought of that. I was about to plane both sides of it! Superb idea. That's actually the bottom of the pew, the top is varnished with crap. I might just plane the back then. Contrast.
     
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    I've been watching the Crimson six-hour build too. Was surprised he used oak, not to mention the neck-only pickup. Weird combo.

    Anyway, if you think your pew is seasoned enough to use and has a decent tap tone, go for it. Or else just resaw it and use it as a top because that grain orientation is great.

    I often wonder if it's possible to save a guitar from a poor amplified tone if paired with the right hardware and electronics. Anyone got any insight on that? Or do certain woods always have a familiar sound?
     
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    I was surprised when he marked out the neck pickup too. If I win it I might ask him to put a bridge pup in :lol: I have it a good tapping, it does have a tone but nothing as 'pingy' as mahogany. It's a bit lower pitched and duller, but certainly has a pleasing sound.
     
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    I find that the wood used makes a negligible effect on tone. All my guitars are made out of different woods. They all sound the same. Some are just louder then others acoustically and feel more "alive". Just use whatever looks good to you, and avoid unstable woods for critical pieces
     
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    Flame maple would be cool on the neck or fretboard, as would the wenge/bubinga as was mentioned...
    Any birds eye on that thing? Make it creepy, like hundreds of judgmental little eyes staring at you...
     

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