Tsunami African Paduak #52

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Project by Tennessee posted 02-04-2013 08:41 PM 1606 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the way most of my builds go – the new owner specifies what they want in a custom build. In this case, the new owner wanted all red, but since I am currently very low on redheart, I moved over to African Paduak. Of course if you’ve worked with African Paduak, you know it is kind of orange, so a simple coat of Minwax red mahogany oil stain turned it into the beautiful dark red color you see here. (Except that outdoor picture, could not get the camera to settle on outdoor pics.)
He also specified the body style, in this case a Fender Jaguer style, one volume and one tone with simple cream knobs, cream knob on the five way switch, and a simple maple neck with rosewood fretboard. He also wanted a Gibson style bridge on the Fender style body. Go figure.

This particular guitar has twelve coats of Tru-Oil on the body, nine on the pickguard, and three on the neck. (Players want to feel the wood on the neck, not a slick poly finish.)

It also features a strong belly cut on the backside, and a forearm cut on the front. Really, not a straight line on it.
It has my Tsunami SUT pickup configuration. For you guitarists, that means the switching is Neck/Neck-Bridge/Bridge/Bridge-Humbucker/Humbucker. Gives you five distinct sounds, kind of a one-stop-shopping guitar so owners only have to carry one main guitar to a gig, and possibly one lesser backup for emergencies.

This guitar is sold to a fellow from Nashville, who is a producer for bands and also is in his own band.
Thanks for lookin’!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 02-04-2013 09:43 PM

NICE! Your good, but you knew that…LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 02-04-2013 10:50 PM

Very Nice, one question did you notice any change in the Tone with the cross grain? just curious.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#3 posted 02-04-2013 10:51 PM

Super Nice!!!
Awesome work!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 11:43 AM

Remarkable job! Padauk is such a rich color that screams high $$$$$$.

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 01:01 PM

AKSteve; I’ve never really bought into the tone variation agrument with solidbody electrics. My guitars do have a tonal chamber that rides under the entire thin pickguard, a defined depth, but overall, the body itself does not change the tone in my experience. Just the pickguard. (See below) Cross graining has no effect that I can detect. Now on a hollowbody, or on an acoustic, whole different argument and VERY relevant. But not much will be detected, short of using an O-scope, with an 8 lb. guitar body. Just not enough string vibration.

I do see some tonal variations with I put too many pieces of wood into my pickguards, which are only 2.5 to 3MM thick. My design lets that part of the guitar act much like an acoustic, so there are vibrations in the pickguard, so I have to watch. If my chambers get too big, (over 70% of the front of the guitar), I start by getting feedback into the A and B strings first, then Low E, just like acoustics and electric hollowbodies. In this particular case, I resawed a simple piece of the Paduak plank, but sawed it just slightly on the bias causing the grain change in relation to the body, to give it some character. The whole guitar came from the same plank of Paduak.
Thanks for lookin!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#6 posted 02-05-2013 01:21 PM

very interesting and enlightening! thanks.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#7 posted 02-05-2013 06:09 PM

Padauk is a sweet wood to work, but the clean up is a drag.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#8 posted 02-06-2013 08:59 PM

Great looking guitar! I love working with Padauk also but will agree with Russell…keeping everything clean is tough…especially if you add a little curly maple to the mix. I know the new owner stated he wanted all red…did you tell him the padauk will turn a rich brown over time?

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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