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Project by Mike posted 320 days ago 612 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I share a love for music just about as much as I do woodworking, so I thought what better way to combine the two. First pick is White Ash and the other is African Mahogany. I made them more of a wedge shape to keep some strength in them, but I made the Ash one too thin and snapped it down the middle after strumming just a few chords! Live and learn! The Mahogany held up quite well and I used it at church this morning. It makes a noticeable difference on an acoustic but no difference on an electric. Very fun project to play around with on a rainy day. Hope to experiment with different woods and see what tones I can get out of them. Who knows, maybe an electric guitar or bass body may be in the near future! Time will tell

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#1 posted 320 days ago

Beautiful. I have been trying to figure out how to make some and make them stronger.

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#2 posted 320 days ago

Both are very cool. When I was playing I would have loved them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 320 days ago

Looks like a piston from a Wankel…

-- 2014 will be a different least for me it will.

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#4 posted 319 days ago

I have made a few of these over the years, no surprise the ash one split. Because it needs to be so thin, the pores create a weak point. I have only had success with tight grained woods, like mahogany, or maple. The softer woods like cherry will wear out quite quickly depending upon your style of play.

I was at a show a while back and a guy was selling wooden picks from some really oddball materials, like hackberry root, and shrub/scrub ornamentals which were very hard and tight grained. I bought a few and they were quite nice. Different woods will yeleid different sounds, an ebony one I made a while back from a headstock overlay offcut was very very bright!

-- Richard D. Wile,

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