Favorite Tone/Cosmetic Wood

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npdurds
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I've recently decided that I'm going to start planning my first guitar build (after I complete my custom work station build that I posted a few weeks back, which should start soon). I've never built anything other than furniture, so this should be an interesting adventure. Can't wait to document it.

I figured this would be a good time to fire up a conversation about what everyone's favorite woods are. What's your favorite for tone? What's your favorite for looks? Favorite body woods? Favorite neck woods? Favorite combinations? Favorite finish? Anything that has to do with wood!

I'm thinking about building a maple/purple heart (or something of the sort) neck through with black walnut wings and an ebony (or a different dark exotic wood like cocobolo or something) fretboard.

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I'm no wood expert, but if my guitar/bass looks like a tree, I am happy Smile
Also, I hate gloss finishing. Trees don't reflect light, why should my guitar Laughing out loud

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i mainly use 2 kind of woods for bodys, cedrinho and hard ash, i preffer the ash, but its kinda expensive over here asdf
for necks i love jequitiba, or the classic maple
and fretboard the old good ebony, or some classy maple

here some stuff ive made
ash with walnut center, maple neck


laurel center, lenga wings with cherry top, and jequitiba neck with a tamarino fretboard

and some cedrinho


amd just for the looks, a flamed rauli, that i hope soon becomes something nasty Laughing out loud

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I'm not the biggest believer of tone woods. I feel the electronics give the instruments the true spirit. But any customs I get will be Ebony body, neck, fretboard & headstock. An occasional North American, 'Buckeye Burl' colored stabilized top, veneer. Now that would be first choice, Ebony for everything. But, I am also interested in Koa & Korina.

For a once in a lifetime custom build, only the most expensive woods, will do. Ebony, Koa & Korina. I have cascading emotional issues that require, everyone know I have the most envious of instruments. Evil

Or, Etherial Guitars are offering Carbon Fibre constructed instruments...Which I've definitely given thought to.

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I'm on the fence with the whole "tone wood" thing. I believe the wood affects the tone, but not nearly as much as the electronics. I'm also an avid supporter of natural finishes. A beautiful wood grain is something that shouldn't be wasted.

... and I really want redrum's guitars. How long did it take you to build each of those?

Those carbon fiber guitars look insane, and expensive. If I won the lottery I would buy an Etherial in a heart beat.

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All in all though, for down-tuned guitars I like heavy dense woods. For a guitar for leads and quick flying up & down the neck, Mahgony and Swamp Ash. That's if I give thought to the guitar and the tone.

I normally buy guitars from Ibanez that look good and design how I would want my custom to sound. Making Mods to my Ibanei Guitars normally takes the looks and change them to fit my desired sounds. So customs normally have a single-cut, standard design, even the 8-strings.

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so. yesterday i bought a strat, made from poplar
i hate poplar, but the price was too tempting
it sounds like shit XD
so i placed my dimarzio of all life, that was placed on another guitar and BAM!
still sounds bad, better, but still bad XD
tonewoods do affect, how much? i dont know, but they affect
take the classic chinesse basswood lespaul, put gibson pickups
still doesnt sound like a real gibson
[ot] npdurds, it takes me, between 2 and 4 months to build a fully finished instrument
depends on how much work i have and hows my mood asdf
pm me if you want prices, im thinking its time to expand the bussyness to other countrys

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Just got, getting familiar with Ancient Kauri wood. Carbon-dating has the New Zealand batch of 16,000 years and older! That's the type of thing that impresses me. It's said, it has the texture of cherry but the density of alder. Extremely curious of this particular type of wood. It's as expensive as hell but, the uniqueness is compelling.

It's available throughout that part of the world, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, etc.