Guitars made of unusual wood or material?

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  1. darkwave

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    No balsa in any production Parkers. Main formula was basswood neck and poplar body, as mentioned previously. Some prototypes and special models had other combos, but still no Balsa.

    That said, Balsa (chromyte) was used as an insert on several modern "Lite" Gibsons. Some made disparaging comments about Gibson being cheap, but balsa is actually relatively expensive, not to mention the labor to build up a guitar that way. I've never played one of the balsa Gibsons, so I have no idea of the sonic results...

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    PRS S2 Vela Reclaimed Limited. The top and fingerboard are made from reclaimed lumber from Brazil. The top is Peroba Rosa, and the fingerboard is Brauna Preto. Both woods come from old buildings, and range from 75 to 100 years old.


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    Another aluminum guitar - Born To Rock
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    I believe Steinberger used balsa wood as an inner core for their all graphite body guitars. That might be what you are thinking of.
     
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    Aluminum stem to stern.
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    Dolly Parton has one, so there's that.
     
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    She has always seemed to be fond of shiny, sparkly things.
    Think of it as one giant sequin with strings.
     
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    Both Ruokangas and Versoul use aspen and Arctic Birch from Finland (where they are located); maybe some of their other woods as well. The resonant qualities of those cold-climate woods are immediately evident to the player, and both builders capitalize on this quality in their builds. I'm lucky to own a Versoul Henry, and it has its own distinctive feel when you play it, that's for sure. It's absolutely wonderful.
     
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    I made a LP jr out of a chunk of butcher block
     
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    Steinbergers are hollow

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    Les Paul Studio Lite was my first "real" guitar.

    Played that thing for 20+ years, shows and tours and getting thrown around and broken and fixed and broken again and again until it could be fixed no more.

    It sounded utterly... like a normal Les Paul.
     
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    Yamaha has a solidbody that's made of thin layers of dense hardwood sandwiching a core of lightweight wood. I forget what the claimed advantage is meant to be, other than maintaining some durability at a reduced weight.
     
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    The USA Reverends were made, top and bottom, of phenolic resin but I don't know if it's correct to say Formica (Formica is one specific phenolic resin product). Here's mine -

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    My luthier has one of those, except it has the Pacman headstock and Firebird pickups. A little on the heavy side, but surprisingly great sounding, albeit a hair on the bright side.

    Two guitar manufacturers I've liked quite a bit for the unconventional materials thing is Trussart and Andreas.

    Trussart has metal bodies with wood necks:
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    Andreas has done the wood body and neck with aluminum fretboard:
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    Out of the two, I'd say the Trussart feels a bit better (aluminum can be on the cold side so it's a unique feel) and the metal body gives a bit of a zing on the high end, but still sounds very much like an all wood instrument, so it's a nice compromise.

    I've also owned a Jerry Jones Danelectro copy which was tried and true with the Masonite thing. That was a cool guitar and resonated well, too. This Shorthorn looks just like the old one I had:
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  20. CobaltBlue

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    I'm guessing not too many.
    They came, it seems to me, around the Fano/Professional Builders Guild fin de siecle.

     

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