WTB Paulownia wood body

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  1. flavorengine

    flavorengine Member

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    In particular, S style with trem route.

    I see them on guitarfetish. $60 shipped seems crazy cheap.

    The other ones I found are at Guitarmill for $200. Seems kinda high.

    Anybody know if the body on a paulownia Dean Vendetta fits standard s style necks? You can buy the whole guitar for $100.

    Anybody have any other sources or opinions?

    Or have one for sale?
     
  2. RnB

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    If your not into being 100% accurate, the Strat bodies from GFS are a bargain at $49. They sound great...! Very light, resonant wood & the one I have sounds great w/ a set of Area T's installed. However, the bodies are not cut exactly like a Strat body should be. The contours & edge radii are off & the routs can be a little sketchy.

    It's not just a simple...bolt the neck on & start playing. There's a considerable amt of 'fitting' that needs to be done prior to actually getting them ready to play good. All that work, makes the $200 price tag for a Guitar Mill Paulownia Body more appealing but, don't forget to factor in the cost of painting it.

    Things I had to deal with:
    Relocate the neck mounting screw holes
    Make trem mounting screw holes stronger w/ dowels
    Deal w/ the neck pocket being an 1/8" deeper than Spec depth
    Rear Trem cavity cover barely made covering the rout

    Glendale has painted Paulownia Tele Bodies for sale for a cool $850. Heat-up that checkbook...lol
     
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  3. willc68

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    I got a Tele body from GFS for less than 30 bucks that was a second and it is my best sounding parts guitar that I built.
    Very surprised with the tone considering how light this thing is. Great deal IMO.
     
  4. Ron Kirn

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    Paulownia is very soft.... I would not mount a tremolo in a Strat body without reinforcing the tremolo mount area....I rout from the back leaving 1/8th of the top undisturbed, then insert a hardwood to "catch" the studs or screws...

    Here is one done in white pine with a similar reinforcement....
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    ron Kirn
     
  5. flavorengine

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    love the body carve on that piney

    thanks for the tip
     

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