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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Ash 1 piece vs 2 and 3 piece



Dec 27th, 2017 08:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

Any difference in sound. I believe todays MIM are pieced bodies vs USA?

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USA/Taos, NM

Dec 27th, 2017 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

You'd be hard-pressed to find any guitar that is one-piece. Just like MIM, USA-made guitars are multi-piece slabs. Been that way for a long time. And personally I don't think there's any difference in sound (having owned a one-piece Custom Shop Strat years ago).

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Pueblo, Co

illegal is a sick bird....
Dec 27th, 2017 11:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think the pick you use will have more influence on the sound than how many pieces of wood go into the body.

Just my .02

If you have some time on your hands check out this YT channel and watch the Les Paul build series.

This guy is amazing, jump to video 13 for the end result.

Freddys Frets

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Curled up

in the fecal position
Dec 27th, 2017 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

If tone was dependent on the fewest number of pieces of wood, all truly great guitars would be carved (neck and body) from a single piece of wood. I know of three that have been done that way, and it was not worth the additional work.

Also keep in mind that there are plenty of world-class guitars made of high-grade plywood.

Don't believe me?

Alembic bass: 40+ pieces of wood in this body.

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Curled up

in the fecal position
Dec 27th, 2017 02:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

What does matter is aesthetics--if the grain will be visible in the finished body.

Some builders pay close attention to grain orientation in the separate pieces, and they take care to match the pieces to minimize the appearance of glue lines.

Here's an example of poor attention to detail. Four pieces.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Dec 27th, 2017 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Here's an example of poor attention to detail. Four pieces."

Hey, *maybe* they were going for the racing stripe look!

I have a MIC Squier strat that is a 5-piece Basswood body. I know this because I stripped the poly off of it years ago. (that's a whole other conversation, btw)

It has just as much tone and sustain as any of my 2-piece body strats.
However, like Peegoo said, it would not look very nice with a natural finish. I refinished it in solid surf green.

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 06:38 PM, Dec 27th, 2017)

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State of Jefferson

Jan 28th, 2018 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Amateurish all they way.

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