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Figured Maple + Cedar Telecaster Electric Guitar

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Project by ryanlbowen posted 10-02-2015 12:47 AM 1494 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A guy at my church loves building guitars and amplifiers (both the woodworking and electronics). He offered to help guide me through the process, and I jumped at the chance.

It’s been a long time coming – I’ve been working on it in between a lot of other projects, but it’s finally finished! I did not make the neck – instead I bought it and veneered veneered flame maple to the headstock.

The top of the guitar is bookmatched figured maple and the body is cedar. The cedar has a very warm tone, which I love. I decided to go with the 2-tone look because I couldn’t bring myself to dye the beautiful cedar.

In these pics, the pickups aren’t all screwed down yet and the 5 way switch isn’t installed. I wanted to play around with pickup height, and I had to replace the 5 way due to an issue with the first one.





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#1 posted 10-02-2015 01:21 AM

Look great! I never would have thought to use cedar. Very nice!

-- - Billy

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#2 posted 10-02-2015 12:17 PM

Looks great!
What did you use to stain the maple?

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ryanlbowen

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#3 posted 10-03-2015 09:37 PM

Thanks guys – @gepatino, it’s an aniline dye. Dyed it repeatedly, sanding it back each time to pop the grain. Harde to see in the pics.

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#4 posted 10-04-2015 01:31 PM

Lucky you to have someone guide you through the build process. I have wanted to build some guitars for a long time. Really like the blue dye and finish

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 10-13-2015 01:51 PM

@ryanibowen do you know how deep into the wood the aniline dye gets? I was thinking on using different colors in different strips of wood, and then laminate it… but I’m not sure how much will I be able to sand after laminating the coloured strips.

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#6 posted 10-18-2015 06:23 PM

@gepatino I repeated the dye/sanding process several times. At one point I sanded fairly aggressively and all that was left was the dye in the really figured parts. I got the feeling that if I would have continued, I could have gotten just about all of it out. However, I assume it depends on the porousness of the wood (this was maple), etc.

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