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Jan 31st, 2018 01:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am going to buy an offset tele body from MJT and they have alder or swamp ash to choose from.

I am not one of those tone wood experts and i doubt what kind of wood it is will make any difference. The swamp ash is $15 more than the alder.

Which one would be easier to sand and prep for a wannabe luthier. If there is a difference you guys will tell me. Is alder lighter than swamp ash?

Thanks in advance! Included in this survey is a picture of my best effort to date and yes, the offset body will be shell pink :-)

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Jan 31st, 2018 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Swamp Ash needs to be grain filled if you want a smooth surface, Alder does not. If you're going with a solid color, you probably don't want any grain 'texture'. I've chosen Alder for some projects for this reason.

Alder and Ash look very different. If you're going with a transparent or translucent finish, you will need to consider how the grain looks visually - and meets your preference.

I personally don't buy in to any generalities about weight or tone attributed to wood species.

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Jan 31st, 2018 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What he said...

I tend to go with Alder.

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Jan 31st, 2018 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I prefer ash for Tele's, just beecuz. That said my one standard Tele build is an alder body from Guitar Mill. If you're going to do the work and make it a solid color, then I would go with alder for the reasons stated by ra above. I have seen some of the lighter weight bodies being ash, particularly from MJT. Mark Jenny uses bodies built by Wildwood Mfg. I have 2; a 3 tone sunburst Strat in ash and custom built greenburst Strat in alder. Both bodies are under 4 lbs and good stuff, IMO.

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Jan 31st, 2018 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This is very helpful and precisely what I needed to know.

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Jan 31st, 2018 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yep. Ash for when you want to see the grain. Alder for opaque colors.

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Jan 31st, 2018 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Therealfrogman, love that strat. I had a shell pink one but didn't get on with that particular guitar, loved the colour though. Really nice touch putting your granddaughter's name on it.

I have an alder USACG strat build underway and I've just re-shaped the forearm contour. I'm no woodworker and I've never done anything like this before, but it was very easy to work with and I'm very happy with the result.

I'll post before and after pics in a new thread.

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Feb 5th, 2018 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ordered my offset body, ordered a neck last night. Parted a tele and sold all that stuff in two days so just one more sale and I will be able to pay for everything without splainin stuff to the wife.

It will take a few weeks to get the body so it would be nice if I had all my parts when it comes. Pretty good chance I will :)

You guys got any advice on a solid color? One you favor over the rest? I am thinking either shell pink, sonic blue or even vintage blonde. Gonna have a mint guard.

Either reranch or buy an hvlp gun and get some lacquer from a paint store in town. Been wanting to try a real gun out. I wonder if the Harbor freight guns are good enough.

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Feb 6th, 2018 02:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"one more sale and I will be able to pay for everything without splainin stuff to the wife."

A few weeks ago I sold a guitar for £320 to pay for the last stage of my strat build. Last week, mrs v comes home, "the car's making a funny noise." Bill from the garage, £324. Sometimes I think the universe has a great sense of humour.

Therealfrogman, you can't go wrong with sonic blue or butterscotch blonde on a tele offset imho.

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