Aluminum Tele with Warmoth neck build project

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  1. tildeslash

    tildeslash Supporting Member

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    I have an Aluminum Tele body.

    I will be installing either a pair of Gold TV Jones Classic pickups or
    Fralin Tele set.

    Neck profile will be boatneck with SS frets and Ebony fretboard.

    Anyways - neck wood is a problem and I need assistance in choosing one.

    I am going for exotic wood that requires no finish so here are my choices.

    Bocote
    Bubinga
    Ebony
    Goncalo Alves
    Indian Rosewood
    Padouk
    Pau Ferro
    Purpleheart
    Satine
    Wenge

    I am looking for guidance as always thank you in advance.
     
  2. mike@nortoncable.com

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    An all indian rosewood neck would be stellar.. IMO indian rosewood necks always seem to ring, all the prs artist that I've played with rosewood necks have great tone & the feel of oiled rosewood is great, doesnt fight you or gunk up :)
     
  3. tildeslash

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    +1 for Rosewood bump.
     
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    cool
    whats that gonna sound like?
     
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    Based on the metal-bodied Trussarts I've played, I'd be tempted to go with a wood that's not on your list: koa.

    Don't know how that would sound with aluminum, though. It would definitely be an experiment.

    I have a korina-bodied Strat with a one-piece bubinga neck that really cuts through a mix—it's crisp, punchy, and solid—but again we're talking about some very different components...including the Alembic pickups and preamp in that particular guitar.
     
  6. tildeslash

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    So this is how it goes - bump?
     
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    So this is how it go goes - bump?
     
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    So this is how it go go goes - bump?
     
  9. sleepingtiger

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    I HAD(Duh!) an aluminum Tele with a maple neck & SD Quarterpounders(I couldn't believe it either!) that sounded amazing! I think rosewood for a neck would "cancel" some of the natural tonality of the body!
    Just MHO....
    Tony
     
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    Man, I think ebony would be cool. All ebony with stainless frets and that body. Wow. Don't know what it would sound like but who cares?
     
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    Many years ago a buddy of mine built an aluminum strat and tele set, both with gold hardware, black pearl guards and solid rosewood necks. He picked those necks thinking the bodies would sound kind of thin and need the darker neck tone. After bolting them all up he wished he had gone with a traditional maple or maple/rosewood. The guitars sounded a little too dark, even with Van Zandt vintage style pickups.

    I've been seriously thinking about putting a set of classics into one of those bodies - bet it would sound great.
     
  12. walterw

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    a hollow, light body and a dense, heavy neck might make for an unbalanced, neck-diving guitar.
     
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    The aluminum bodies aren't THAT light. They're made from 16ga.or even thicker stock. Not heavy, by any means, but nt featherweight either. Mine balanced pretty well, with an all maple neck. I DO like Firebirds though, so I'm used to a little neck diving, hehe!

    Tony.
     
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    I let this simmer for a while - time to stir the pot.
    Anybody have any more input. I guess I can possibly try a Moses neck?
     
  15. 3 Mile Stone

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    Where'd you get the body?

    And WERE ARE THE PICS!!!???
     
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    I have a Modulus Blackknife. Graphite necks rock!! My Trussart would have been a killer with this neck on it. Bobby Weir used a Trussart with a Modulus neck and it sounded great.
     
  17. Structo

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    Rosewood is always a killer looking and feeling neck.
     
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    WHoa.....don't go with purpleheart. ever.
     
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    ROSEWOOD ROSEWOOD ROSEWOOD

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    Looks like Rosewood might be the ticket.
    Any other recommendations?
     

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