Walnut on top of Pine?

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  1. hank57

    hank57 Silver Supporting Member

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    What would this type of combo sound like? I've seen pine and walnut used before but if the body is pine and you add 1/4" walnut top for a full 1 3/4" body for a telecaster, what would that be like?

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  2. Boris Bubbanov

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    It might look superb.

    Only wondering about the differential in expansion and contraction of pine versus maple. I guess it would depend on the pine.

    Sounds like a great way to avoid a way too heavy solid walnut guitar. What it sounds like will depend on the choice of neck (thickness, truss rod, main part of the neck, scale) and the pickups.
     
  3. SPROING!

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    I've made walnut telecasters with both walnut necks and maple necks.
    They sound like tekecasters.
    Thing with a tele is that the bridge, bridge pickup and scale will force anything it's in to sound like a telecaster.
    It should sound just fine and it seems like a good way to protect a soft pine body and also keep weight down.
    Walnut can get really heavy.

    Post pics!!!
     
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    I did a maple cap over pine on a tele and it sounded great. Great looking body you're getting there!
     
  6. Boris Bubbanov

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    He's even got the Inductance of the rewound Van Zant pickup...............

    But nothing about weight.

    Probably a really fat (.98 inch) neck will prevail. Probably OK up to 550 grams on that neck - heavier and you need to know the actual weight of the loaded body.
     
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    that's really pretty

    mazeltov!
     
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    Boris he wrote that the body: 6 lbs 8 oz loaded as pictured.

    So just the neck weight will be added.

    I'd love a fat neck on it. I have mostly enjoyed any neck size but I played a Rick Kelley tele with a baseball bat on it once. Surprising how comfortable it was.
     
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    Hey get this, I have a neck for this guitar with a Tele headstock and a Strat heel…go figure, I need a new neck. I know this one will work as a tester but a shopping I will go.
     
  11. Boris Bubbanov

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    Sorry, I didn't see the body weight.

    I have a solid walnut loaded body that's 2 ounces more than that.

    I think you'll be fine with any neck. Any Maple neck. A solid Rosewood neck would be heavy, would balance but would yield a guitar that is "not light" by any measure.
     
  12. hank57

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    I have a Willwood quarter sawn maple neck on the way for this.

    So it's a new Esquire for a total of $363 dollars.

    Not bad!
     
  13. SPROING!

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    That ought to look (and sound!) good.
    Pics!!!
     
  14. hank57

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    So I have the body here but the neck is not here. I really like what I am seeing. I don't think I have owned a guitar that is the natural color of the wood and I really like it.
     

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