Cocobolo neck for Paisley telecaster

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  1. tdukes

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    Chris Forshage is making me a neck for my paisley telecaster out of the same piece of wood as the neck of the Neo-H he made me last year. It's gonna be pretty cool!

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    Beautiful. Chris does great work.

    Cocobolo is some heavy wood. Any concerns about the guitar becoming neck heavy?
     
  3. tdukes

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    I have worried a bit, but the balance on the Neo turned out so good I decided to give it a chance. Should know how it turns out next week!
     
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    Chris is repairing a Neo for me as we speak. I hope to get it back soon.

    Looking forward to seeing the finished product on your tele.
     
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    That really suits the tele!
    I have a cocobolo neck on one of my guitars. The luthier said it's really nasty stuff to work with (the dust causes rashes on the skin etc). Once it's clear coated its a really nice looking wood
     
  6. Quarter

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    Nice Paisley! I like that a lot.

    I love cocobolo, its a wonderful rosewood, but it can be very nasty to work with. I recently built one of my P6 lap steels out of solid cocobolo and even with taking care to minimise dust exposure, I ended up with some nasty rashes where the dust snuck in. I've got another to do, so I bought some Tyvek jump suits to try for this go around. Its such a beautiful and great sounding rosewood that I just don't want to give up on.
     
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    Hey, Chris will make it nice for ya!
     
  8. Jon Silberman

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    I also love cocobolo - the body on one of my guitars is cocobolo front and back - but for a Tele neck, I guess I'm just not getting why. Why? Thanks.
     
  9. tdukes

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    I wanted a new neck for the tele because I've been using 1 7/8" nut width necks since I bought David Myka's #6 a couple of years ago. I had Chris make me a Neo-H with a cocobolo body and neck last year and really like the way the wood feels. The neck is very hard and stiff. The piece we got for the neck was quarter-sawn pretty nicely, seem light, and was big enough for two necks. When the Neo came out so great, I thought I would like the tele neck out of the same piece of wood.
     
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    Cocobolo is one of my favorite woods. Should be great!
     
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    Cocobolo is nasty to work with. Mask required.

    Since it is in the species of rosewood, I would guess you'd get the same sort of vibe you'd get if you had a rosie neck for your tele. Will be interesting to hear and see when it comes in.
     
  12. tdukes

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    Got this today. Wonderful neck. I love the way it plays and sounds. The raw unfinished cocobolo feels great. I guess I'll know by tomorrow if I have severe contact allergies to cocobolo.

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    [​IMG]

    The wood blank was a little thin so Chris added this ebony layer. I think it adds a cool accent. This is a 1 7/8" wide neck, so the fretboard hangs over the neck a little at the neck pocket.

    The balance had been a concern, but it sits well in my lap and hangs where I put it on a strap without fighting or pulling. I don't know why, its got to be heavier than the old neck.

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    Just on the subject of looks, I've had a rosewood neck on a paisley body, which I liked. The dark headstock has a lot more affect on the overall look than I would have expected, and is different in a very interesting way. I like it.
     
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    Beautiful! I wondered what I'd think with it on that tele but it's just beautiful. I have a custom being built (different luthier), it also has a cocobolo neck, front & back. It's only in the rough stages right now, so it's fun for me to see finished pieces in the same wood.
     
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    I had a cocobolo neck made for a guitar about 15 years ago and I love it. Love the color contrast and sound. Mine is lightly oiled and I love the feel of it too.

    I think it really adds to the paisley tele great job and I think you will dig the feel and sound as well
     
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    Love the way this turned out! Wasn't too hard to work with as long as you wear a respirator. Trashed one belt sander belt, but that was about the only casualty
     
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    I didn't find a cocobolo neck had a noticable impact on the balance of the guitar. And I don't have anything that looks better.[​IMG]
     
  19. tdukes

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    Is that a PRS with a cocobolo neck?
     
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    Beautiful. What guitar is this?
     

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