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Cherry, Bocote, Mahogany, Pine... got questions.

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What kind of sound could one expect out a Cherry neck with Bocote fretboard? I've never played a neck like this, but I love the look of both of the woods.
Also will the Cherry make the guitar a lot heavier especially if one has a mahogany body?
I've also thought about a pine body with Cherry top and back. Never have heard anything like this, just curious if it would work?

Any ideas?
 

cardamonfrost

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Depending on variety, cherry can be 25% heavier than the maple. FWIW, I plan on making an ash body with a black cherry top this winter. I havent seen it used for a complete body yet (on a solid body), but Im sure its out there.

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bullfrogblues

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I recently made this telecaster body out of cherry wood. I love it! I would say it isn't as bright as an all maple body would be, possibly brighter than ash or alder, but I love the tones. It's only a little over 8 pounds total, though I did make the body 1 1/2" thick rather than the usual 1 3/4".
 
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Is a Bocote fretboard closer to Ebony or Rosewood as a fingerboard wood. I have fell in love with the look of a Bocote fretboard, but don't know much about it. I know I want cherry for the neck, but I want a dark fingerboard to go with it.

Does anyone know how stable of a wood Bocote is?
 

Guitarworks

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I recently made this telecaster body out of cherry wood. I love it! I would say it isn't as bright as an all maple body would be, possibly brighter than ash or alder, but I love the tones. It's only a little over 8 pounds total, though I did make the body 1 1/2" thick rather than the usual 1 3/4".
That is nice. Vintage profile. I like the Orange Creamsicle look to it. :aok
Shaving off that last 1/4" will help reduce weight if the wood is particularly heavy. But I trust your control cavity is deep enough. Dropping a standard 3-way Switchcraft into a cavity 1/4" more shallow than standard spec will bring that switch right down to the floor.
 






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