Building Tele w/2 hums. Body wood? Alder, Swamp Ash?

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  1. Rod

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    I'm playing my 2 P90 Tele a lot and I want to build a 2 humbucker Tele from parts... Any suggestions on the wood to use for the body?.. I like balanced tones.. Don't we all.. Not to bright, but not muddy....
     
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    Alder.

    Humbuckers have not worked for me in my two swamp ash guitars. Too shrill for my taste.
     
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    I would also suggest alder, a more neutral platform.
     
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    Depends on what you really want it to sound like. The Tele-Gib Jeff Beck used had a pair of humbuckers installed in an ash body and it sounded fine. A mahogany body and neck would offer up some warmth while the long scale would retain some spank and snap. Korina is a personal favorite of mine. It's light and makes a great tonewood. One of my "some day" guitars is a a Tele style with Korina body and set neck (Nocaster carve), rosewood fingerboard, and Lollar Imperial humbuckers.

    Basically this:

    http://thornguitars.com/customguitarhtm/D58-specs.htm

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    I'm pretty sure Warmoth and others can accommodate you with Korina or any other wood you'd like.
     
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    I always wanted to roll a Beckcaster...this is one of my favorite guitar sounds ever it's swamp ash with buckers:



     
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    Thanks for all the input folks!
     
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    Also a plug for Korina on a HB loaded Tele. Works well.

    I'm currently working on a hollowbody Honduran Mahogany Tele body with TV Jones Supertrons...will post when that gets done, but that would also fit the bill.

    Assuming I can ever put down my new guitar, which may not happen any time soon!
     
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    I'd love to see that!
     
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    I think mahogany would work well in this case, but I have not seen any "all parts" mahogany tele bodies ffor sale off the shelf...

    But then again, Jeff Beck was playing a 2 HB tele, which I think was ash.
     
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    I'm currently having one built from scratch out of bald cypress with a maple neck (after conversations with Jim Wagner and Larry Wysocki). Mary Kaye white with black binding/guard/M69 rings. Chambered like a Gustavvson. It will operate/look very similar to the 'Tele-Gib'. Oh yeah,

    T-tops.

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    One of my many projects, alder on mahogany body, F-hole bass side. If I was to use ash it would be on mahogany as well.
     
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    Definitely alder.
    Basswood isn't a bad choice, either.
     
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    Clear/trans finish? Ash/Korina/Mahog. Solid finish, alder. You can build the rest of the guitar around the wood. Meaning, select the right pickups for the wood. If ash, then do not choose a bright bucker. Mahog, you may need a brighter pickup. Ash is light weight if that matters. No one component will dictate the outcome. Alder is safe with any humbucker.
     
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    A good alternative to Alder is Poplar, their characteristics are remarkably similar.
    I have a 2 humbucker tele with a poplar body that's flat out the best tele I've ever played.
     
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    The hardest part is you really can't determine in advance what voice your guitar body may have. I would say the alder body is easily the safest choice because the difference from one well sourced alder body to the next to the next is quite small. The ash body is more of a gamble because it might sound like the alder, or it may vary a good bit from that "Tastes Like Chicken" baseline.

    I chose a one piece USACG figured alder body because the price was fabulous, and VISUALLY it looked like the right choice.

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    I agree somewhat with what Chris is saying, except this means having 3-4 sets of pickups on hand and trying a few out to see which pickups are voiced to match that specific body. I guess you could just mount ANY pickups you had lying around, just to hear the voice of the body and neck, and then order based on that. But esp. with an ash body, you just don't know what you have until you plug in that first time.

    I used a spare Seymour Duncan Minibucker I just dropped in this guitar to evaluate it, then ordered some 609s from Wilde.
     
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    Where was this picture taken? Very cool porch and looks like mountains in the background?
     
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    Always been curious about mahogany teles. Have a light, spanish cedar body from Marc Rutters on hand, ready for two P-90s. Will have to report back when it's together.
    MD
     
  19. Rod

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    Thanks everyone for your replies..... Very helpful....
     
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    At a guitar club I belong to someone made this guitar. Nice color.

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