Oak bodies?

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  1. Kornfann1024

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    So long story short he has this 600+year old oak tree where im from which has a lot of historical events tied to it and is a part of the community, and it recently fell down. They town if giving away small branches and selling larger part, i was thinking about snagging a slab to build a body. Thoughts?
     
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    It would likely be very, very heavy. There’s a reason you dont see them at all.
     
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    When you talk about Oak, things get a little wonky.

    North american Red oak is way different than north america white oak which is different than european white oak. I see your location as "jersey", but I still don't know if that's "New" or..."old". :)

    I can't say if any of them would make for a good guitar body (the european oak would be the heaviest), though...
     
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    White oak, apparently the tree was where, in 1675 when john fennwick made a treaty with lennape indians in salem county nj. Seedlings from the tree have been planted at montecello and mt vernon. Plus emg will make it sound find XD
     
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    Definitely do it. If for no other reason than that you'll have a guitar made from a 600+ year old tree.

    I mean unless it costs a lot.
     
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    I made my brother a Firebird shaped guitar out of oak (can't remember if it's red or white) in shop class back in high school. It was basically because I didn't have access to anything but that and pine and I was well aware pine would be far too soft. It was a fun project and I learned from it but it is MASSIVELY heavy. I recommend not doing it.
     
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    Disappointed this wan't a thread about Arnold... moving on.
     
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    My summer challenge build has a 3/4 inch white oak top on it over poplar and it definitely is heavy and very open grained. Works very well as long as you watch the grain! I say do it man!
     
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    I know itll be ungodly heavy as i want an ml shape lol
     
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    You can always re-saw the back off about 1/4 inch thick and then weight relief/chamber the body then glue the back plate back on.
     
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    You just gotta chamber that bitch :D
     
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    Oak is for barrels. Whiskey barrels. :cool:
     
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    I've seen some very cool bog oak tops out there.
     
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    Maybe just get a top veneer so it could be the guitar from the tree where so and so made a treaty :)
     
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    Get it, chamber it, DO IT! :pray:

    I just used Red Oak for a guitar. Ok, for a 1/4 top on a light basswood core :p
     
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    So here is a question....100% neck through ml. For anybody that has build a guitar how much wood do i need
     
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    Are you asking in board feet or individual pieces? I'm not sure for board feet but i would guess around 3 or 4 board feet but they would have to be cut in certain ways. For individual pieces i would say you need atleast a 36 in x 3-4 in x 2 - 2.5 in board for your neck (if your going with a 1 piece neck) then your fretboard is dependent on your scale length. Your body wings for an ML shape an 18 in x 6 -7 in piece for the upper section and a 24 in x 6-7 inch piece for the lower portion. I could be completely wrong on the dimensions just because i don't know the dimensions of an ML but those would probably be in the ballpark with some excess.
     
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    I requested a 33"x33"x3" piece‍ just for the body, i changed my mind on he the through.
     
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    honestly with that much wood you should have enough for the whole body and neck. You will have to plane the body down a lot from the 3 inches though.
     
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    Even for an ml body? Ive literally no experience making body or neck. Maybe a set neck and sculpted
     

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