Semi Hollow Tele - Wood Question

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  1. Luke

    Luke New Member

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    Hi, hello and how are ye?

    Just a quick qiestion on a build I am slowly starting to proceed with.

    In general, was wondering if its a good choice for a semi hollow telecaster style?

    Body - ash
    Top - Japanese Cedar (thats my biggest concern)
    Neck - maple , not sure what fingerboard yet...

    Thanks.
     
  2. GuitarBuilder

    GuitarBuilder Member

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    Japanese Cedar is a very soft, fragrant wood. It may not be the best choice for a Tele top.
     
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  3. Luke

    Luke New Member

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    GuitarBuilder, thanks for your reply. I am aware it is very delicate, guess will find a different option for the top - any sugestions ?
     
  4. rgraf

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    The cedar will work fine. They use alder, soft ash, pine, etc. As long as you are not depending on the wood to anchor the strings to, it will be fine. A string through design will anchor the strings fine, even in cedar, as long as the wood is thick enough. Just don't depend on any are where the wood is too thin and unsupported. Take a look at Warmoth, and you'll see that they do cedar topped thinlines.
     

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