Need advice on a Tele concept guitar.

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  1. GiorgioV

    GiorgioV Supporting Member

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    Hi, I need a bit of advice on a Tele build I'd like to order to a friend.

    I've been missing a Tele for quite a long time, but there's a substantial number of things I'd like to change over a "normal" Tele, so that's why I never bought one after I sold my 52 RI.

    Most of the things are nothing too out there, just tweaks that would make the guitar suit me a bit more, like a selector switch in the upper bout (a la John 5), two different volume pots, a LP style jack plate..

    But there's one thing that raised quite a bit of doubt in a friend who's a luthier and to whom I submitted my build.

    I'd like a full brazilian rosewood neck. BUT at the same time I wouldn't like to divert too much from the traditional Tele sound (I'd go for the normal scale bridge and pickup), and I don't want a guitar that's heavy and / or unbalanced.

    My friend thinks the guitar would probably end up being heavy, or neck-heavy at least, and it might sounds good but quite unique.

    I see Albert Lee HH, which have a rosewood neck, and they're listed as weighting slightly less than 3 kilos (6lbs,8oz) which would be perfect for me.

    So my question is: is a braz rosewood neck necessairly heavy? and what to expect tone-wise compared to a maple neck?

    Thanks a lot.
     
  2. billasher

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    I have found an all rosewood neck having more density then maple will ring a bit brighter. But you can compensate for that with a custom hand wound set of pickups and by using the traditional 3 brass saddles. As far as weight, 90% of all the Brazilian I have found for necks is a bit too heavy, if you keep searching and with a little luck I have found some really light-weight pieces. I am looking for some now for a build so if you PM I will let you know if there is an extra blank I could offer you. A customer of mine had me build a replica of 1957 Fender Stratocaster in Desert Sand that Master Leo made with a solid Brazilian Rosewood neck. Mine came out great, is well balanced, and is one of my customers go-to guitars. I will look for a pic and post it later. You can see a photo of the original in the Norm's Rare Guitars Book on page 47. Also note that a no truss rod build is how Leo Fender did his and I have followed suite when building a solid rosewood neck. You just have to mill a slight relief into the board before fretting. Best of luck on your custom guitar! Bill
     
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  3. GiorgioV

    GiorgioV Supporting Member

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    Thank for the reply. So lightweight Braz IS out there..

    Thanks for the blank offer but since I'm in Italy I think it will be MUCH less complicated to look for the wood here ;)

    Pics of the 57 Strat? I didn't consider a no truss rod build, but I guess it would be feasible since I'd be going for a pretty sustantial neck anyway.
     
  4. stan p

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    Sounds like a very cool concept! I wonder if making it a quarter inch shorter scale something you would consider? It may also compensate for the brithness and slightly weight.
     
  5. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    There's a lot of different rosewood out there. You could probably still achieve the feel and sonic properties that would drive you in the direction of rosewood without using Brazilian.
     
  6. GiorgioV

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    Different rosewood is one of the ideas that came up with my friend. I guess it's a feasible option, as long as it's dark rosewood, and lighter pieces should be easier to come by.

    A shorter scale would be cool but I really don't want to differentiate from the basic "feel" of a Tele.
     
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    I have a t-style partscaster with a solid IRW neck with ebony board on an alder body. No neck dive because the body is fairly heavy--total weght about 8.5 pounds. Tonewise it is a little bright but has huge bawls too, so just roll off the tone a little, or set amp up dark, and you're good to go. Still sounds like a tele, but big and sustainy. HTH
     

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