Greg's Maple Burl Guitar Drop Top

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Blog entry by OregonBurls posted 09-28-2012 03:27 PM 2031 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This drop top is going to be for me. It has a bullet in the wood. I believe that it is old because there is no copper but dont know. Just wanted to show off this interesting piece. If you are a guitar builder, Oregon Burls has lots of drop tops and billets

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#1 posted 09-28-2012 04:32 PM

Epic guitar blank here!!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 09-28-2012 04:51 PM

That’s going to make a beautiful guitar. Only one problem with your dating the bullet. I shoot a lot of bullets that don’t have metal jackets. Black powder rifles don’t, for the most part, use jackets on cast bullets. I shoot 9mm 45 acp, 375, and 44 magnum cartridges with cast bullets that don’t have jackets. Also 22 rimfire bullets have always been solid lead. What’s the diameter of the bullet? Just looking at the photo it’s hard to tell.

One of my rifles is a .45/70 Ruger #3 carbine. It shoots a 405 grain cast bullet at 1850 fps and I’ve loaded them to 2100fps. Only the recoil is brutal when they are loaded that hot. I wanted to see how much wood a cast bullet would penetrate and I was about to fell a white oak tree, so I shot it with a 405g cast bullet that was hardened with 5% tin and quenched in ice water just after it was removed from the mold. It passed through a measured 23” and was burried about 3’ deep in the clay bank behind the tree…

I can’t wait to see photos of your finished guitar. You’re making me want one… I’ve started several times to order the basic kit from Grizzly and duplicate the top and neck with some of my figured wood.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 09-28-2012 04:56 PM

For sure I do not know the age of the bullet. It is larger than a 22 cal but smaller than a 9mm. It was about 10” inside the burl. Just dont know but I like it!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#4 posted 09-28-2012 11:38 PM

Waaaay cool.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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