Fender one piece bodiy qualities

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  1. bluesjuke

    bluesjuke Disrespected Elder

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    I know that a one piece body is a desireable thing but I would like to hear from those of you Fender owner's, Strat and Tele players (in particular Tele player's) what has been your tonal, resonance experience with a one piece body.

    Might pull the trigger on one but would like to hear from you guys with this experience.


    Thanks!
     
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    I had a one piece ash G&L that was a great guitar.

    I have a two piece pine tele that's an amazing guitar.

    I have a three piece ash tele that's resonant as can be.

    I had a four piece alder tele that rang out like crazy.

    It just doesn't matter. It's how the whole thing comes together.


    Good luck in your search.
     
  3. bluesjuke

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    Thanks!

    Yeah, I forgot to put in the post that I know it's an individual guitar thing.
    I've got a Nocaster two piece that is still resonating since I last played it- LOL!.

    Was just wondering if anyone noticed any difference in their experience as I've never owned a one piece.
    Already got one in mind that I just have to push the button on.
     
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    let you know after I get both my parts Tele's built ones a 2 piece the other is one piece...I'm gonna put the same spec neck on both...
     
  5. bluesjuke

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    Cool!
    What neck are you going with?
     
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    It doesn't make any difference,or maybe it does.

    It's literally impossible to draw any conclusion either way.I can't see how you could gain any useable information from this thread to help with your descision.Tone wise that is,if you find it more desireable or prefer the aesthetics then go for it.
     
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    It's not at all about making my decision, I was wondering what the consensus, VooDoo, thoughts, etc., were from people on this.

    It's not discussed too much and since it may be my first time with a one piece it made me wonder what the forum(s) buzz was about it.
     
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    I like them visually, don't notice any difference tonally from multi-piece bodies. More likely to cup. Less work to shape, greater cost on the wood itself.
     
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    What is "Cup" / cupping(?) Chris?
    Is that getting concave or convex?
     
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    Yep. I do like gluing up 2 piece bodies with the growth rings going in alternate directions. Really helps keep them more stable.

    That being said if its a really nice 1 piece thats wide enough I just vacuum seal it till Im ready to machine it / finish it. Seems to help keep the piece stable.
     
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    I once had an american strat that I stripped and refinished. It was a 5 piece alder and the body was light and it sang! Only time a 1 piece is cool is with the bursts and blondes. One piece can be heavy as well.
     
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    Has anybody actually seen a properly dried one piece tele body warp or cup after it has been assembled? I've never seen or heard of this actually being an issue.

    I like one pieces visually and because they are harder to source. They tend to hold their value more for those reasons. Tonally, it's a crap shoot between one piece and multi-piece. You just need to use your ears.
     
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    After its been assembled (and finished I assumed)? No.

    Having a 1 piece body blank sit in my shop for 6 months exposed to the elements, suck up moisture ect? I've seen that happen. Hell, I've had body blanks cut to size then wait a few months for me to get around to machining them start to dry and crack the end grain again. Thicker bodies obviously wont have the issues that something like a cap that is only 1/2-3/4" thick.

    Like I said though...Once its got atleast sealer on it, its fine.

    Just saying... been a doing woodworking professionally for over 15 years (second generation in the family business) and its something we run across from time to time.
     
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    Plenty of vintage fenders are cupped and you would never notice it. It's a non issue.
     
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    Warping. Put a straight edge against your guitar across the widest point and if you have air or a hump under the middle it's warped.
     
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    I have seen it before 2 or 3 times on two piece bodies.
    One of which was pretty severe and easy to see, in fact hard not to notice and be distracted by.
     
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