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  • #31
    Reclaimed lumber places are springing up more commonly around the US, and they generally run over the trees with a metal detector and mill things a bit differently in general.


    and the OP has one close by?

    What I would do is see if rhere is a nice clean piece and cut a 24" section. Then just rough cut a 4x what ever width chunk out of it with the chainsaw.

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    • #32
      and the OP has one close by?


      There's a lot throughout the midwest, as well as new england, the carolinas, even a few here in the south. Folks taking down old barns etc. plus IKEA making actual wood furniture damn near a custom shop market has made it a profitable business.

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      • #33
        As for the reason a lot of neck throughs are multi-pieced is the fact they're copying rickenbacker.


        And why did Rickenbacker do it in the first place?
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        • #34
          And why did Rickenbacker do it in the first place?


          The concept that because the wood grain expands and contracts oppositely it would keep the necks from warping.
          In practice, it's not totally necessary. Firebirds and various BC rich designs do well without it.

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          • #35
            Is the house within city limits? If so you can forget about getting it milled. Mills don't take wood from cities because of the high chance of there being nails and other metal stuff in it.
            Yeah cuz rural folk don't pound nails into trees.

            I'm not doubting you, but if what youre saying is true then I question the logic of the mills. :freak:
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            • #36
              The concept that because the wood grain expands and contracts oppositely it would keep the necks from warping.
              In practice, it's not totally necessary. Firebirds and various BC rich designs do well without it.


              Thanks for the info... I've also seen the multi-piece necks used as a design feature, up to 5 pieces on Ibanezes. Weird thing, since every extra piece of wood cuts the value for me.
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              • #37
                I don't care how many pieces of wood are in a guitar. I care about 3 things-
                Ergonomics, dependability, sound.

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                • #38
                  I made this bass out of scrap in shop class, 25 years ago. Two or three peice body. Old Epi neck. Barely an inch thick. This bass rocks! I have had a ton of compliments on the sound of this instrument over the years. Flat out the best sounding bass I have ever heard.

                  Very dense, hard wood. Probably why it sounds so good. Very, very hard to sand.

                  I made it pointy because..well, that was 1984 after all. I also figured that rounded guitars held the sound in whereas the pointy ones actually would give the sound/vibrations a definite direction to go. Don't know if that has any basis in fact but it sure does sound good.

                  But as far as using a tree you just cut down....do some good research on cutting and drying.



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                  • #39
                    Yeah cuz rural folk don't pound nails into trees.

                    I'm not doubting you, but if what youre saying is true then I question the logic of the mills. :freak:


                    The chances someone put a nail in a tree in town is much higher than in the country.

                    This is what my dad told me, he's been doing wood working for 30 years and worked with numerous mills. It is getting more common these days to use a metal detector to see if there is anything inside the tree, but the rule of thumb for most mills is no city wood.

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                    • #40
                      I don't care how many pieces of wood are in a guitar. I care about 3 things-
                      Ergonomics, dependability, sound.


                      The more pieces, the more it acts like a laminate... But very dependable, yeah. :thu:
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                      • #41
                        The chances someone put a nail in a tree in town is much higher than in the country.

                        This is what my dad told me, he's been doing wood working for 30 years and worked with numerous mills. It is getting more common these days to use a metal detector to see if there is anything inside the tree, but the rule of thumb for most mills is no city wood.

                        How are they going to know where you got the wood from? How are they going to tell If the wood was from a tree or whatever in city limits...?

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                        • #42
                          How are they going to know where you got the wood from? How are they going to tell If the wood was from a tree or whatever in city limits...?


                          Because mills buy there wood by the logging truck load and know the cut block number it come from. The trees are stramped on the butt end with a hamer with numbers on the head.

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                          • #43
                            Conklin Guitars use cherry wood for their Century series.
                            http://www.conklinguitars.com/new_century_series_guitars.html
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                            • #44
                              Is the house within city limits? If so you can forget about getting it milled. Mills don't take wood from cities because of the high chance of there being nails and other metal stuff in it.


                              My dad & I downed a pecan (gorgeous wood w/ lots of tunnels) for a neighbor that was too close to their house in exchange for some very basic shelves made from the wood. When we took the 2 main logs to the mill the first thing they did was run a metal detector over them. Mills will absolutely take wood from cities.
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                              • #45
                                How are they going to know where you got the wood from? How are they going to tell If the wood was from a tree or whatever in city limits...?


                                It's just typical internet BS. Maybe there are some that don't take city wood, but around here I've never of such nonsense.
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