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    Has anyone here used red oak for guitar build? Im thinking about using it for the neck of ny next build. Ill use softer hardwoods for the body. Any advice would be appreciated.
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  • #2
    Works great for CBG and costs about the same as the gas for a round trip to Home Depot





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    • #3
      It's heavy and the grain is damn near impossible to fill, but Brian May seems to have done OK with it.

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      • #4
        If you like strapping a cinder block on your shoulder, go for it.
        Oak si heavy as hell and not all that great to work with.

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        • #5
          The Wikipedia entry says that the Red Special's neck is Mahogany, made from a fireplace mantle, with an Oak fingerboard. Even at that, I don't think it was a Red Oak fingerboard, but can't be sure.

          Red Oak sucks for guitars. Heavy, massively porous, and damping. White Oak is a different story. If you want to try something different, then see if you can find some Honduran Rosewood. Still a bit heavy, but rings like a Marimba bar. Lots of alternatives, including easier things to find including figured Cherry.
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          • #6
            Well. Im really wanting to use something cheap
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            • #7
              For cheap I'd go poplar. It really has quite a nice tone to it. The only drawback is it doesn't finish that well unless you paint it or stain it really heavy.
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              • #8
                I understand your desire to go cheap, but I would urge you to reconsider.... you'll be putting a lot of time and effort into it, and in the end, will saving a few bucks on materials be worth it? If you look around, you are sure to find a lot of woods that are better than oak for not a lot of money. Having said that, my very first guitar build was an oak body, and it sounded fine.
                Two types of people you don't want to argue with.... geniuses and fools. .....it helps if you can tell the difference.

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                • #9
                  It's heavy and the grain is damn near impossible to fill, but Brian May seems to have done OK with it.

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                  • #10
                    common white maple is fairly cheap too
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                    • #11
                      This.


                      Or not.
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                      • #12
                        Oak will burn up your tools cutting it.

                        I did a Walnut top to a semihollowbody Tele recently.
                        The Wood was over 200 years old and hard as a rock.

                        I burned up two router bits just cutting the pickup routes.
                        **************** was so hard you would have thoght I had a Bar-B Que going in a hurricane.
                        There was so much smoke pouring out of there I nearly suffocated cutting it.

                        It was worth it though. Its extremely difficult to find a single piece of walnut
                        like that. It wound up being one of my sweetest sounding guitars.

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                        • #13
                          If you're wanting cheap, go with poplar or silver maple. I'd take either of those over oak for a guitar.

                          EG
                          We're not in Kansas anymore.

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                          • #14
                            Im thinking a poplar and oak laminated neck not sure about the body
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                            96 gibson sg faded sh-6s, 90 gibson les paul w/50s wiring sd sh-6 and classic 57, 11 ibanez rg3550 prestige, 07 fender strat h-s-s jb duncan and sh1 singles, 85 fender mij contemp strat 11 Esp Ltd mh-1000 with emg's, 95 mim fender strat, 92 martin d-16h, 2006 Martin d-28, 04 martin d-16, 78 Yamaha fg512 12-string, 00 Ibanez rg7421 7 string<br />
                            <b>AMPS</b><br />
                            5150, rivera knucklehead, mesa studio pre, digitech 2120, marshall 9005 power amp, peavey ultra 212</div>

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                            • #15
                              Oak likes to split. If you do an oak neck, I'd think making it butcher-block style would be the way to go.

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