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Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by englishman, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    I really like the way this top looks. Kind of a shame to cut it down at all but I think it will look killer on the next guitar. I have the alder blank in to go with it and a nice piece of maple for a one-piece neck. Scared to death to run it through the jointer as it might disintegrate.

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    Check it out with a filter!!

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  2. TSims1

    TSims1 Friend of Fred

    Jun 18, 2013
    Atlanta
  3. gimmodog

    gimmodog Electromatic

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    Nov 1, 2017
    Kentucky
  4. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Atlanta
    Ooh. Ah. Fingers crossed that it will go through the jointer unmolested.
     
  5. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    If a big chunk breaks off nobody will notice if it's glued back in at least. I might utilize the way long hand plane first.
     
  6. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Country Gent

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    On of then most bizarre figure I ever saw. Great piece of wood!
     
  7. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
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  8. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Dec 1, 2010
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    That is spectacular burl! How hard is it to work with, do you have problems with chunks popping out? Routing neck pockets, pickup and control cavities, or edge binding could be a nail-biting prospect!
     
  9. Henry

    Henry Friend of Fred

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Amazing wood but porous looking stuff creeps me out. My neck hairs are standing on end.
     
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  10. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Tryptophobia?
     
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  11. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    It’s very rough on top. It made it through the jointer ok and it’s glued together at least. I need to check the outline before bandsawing to see if something needs shoring up. Once it’s glued to the alder body, it’ll be a lot more stable.

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  12. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

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    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    Sharp tools, thin cuts and fingers crossed.
    Nice piece of wood!
     
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  13. Synchro

    Synchro Super Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
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    Can you glue it to the body before sawing the outline?
     
  14. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
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    The maximum reach on my clamps is about three inches so it would be tough. It’s a little over 3/8” thick and I’m not anticipating a lot of crumbling.
     
  15. Rob Williams

    Rob Williams Country Gent

    Jul 5, 2014
    SE QLD
    With the filter it looks like tooled leather!
     
  16. gimmodog

    gimmodog Electromatic

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    Nov 1, 2017
    Kentucky
    if you have a self feeding sander that would be safer and also give it a better finish
     
  17. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

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    Welcome to the forum, gimmodog!
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  18. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
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    I wish I did have one frequently.
     
  19. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Friend of Fred

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Do you fill the voids? I have a wild piece of maple that I'm looking at ways to fill.
     
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  20. Tinman46

    Tinman46 Country Gent

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    Dec 19, 2011
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    I want to try crushed stone/epoxy on a burl or spalted top some time.
    Crushed turquoise appeals to me.
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