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Wildwood 59 FSR. A five piece body ?

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  1. bastogne

    bastogne New Member!

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    Hi guys,
    Just got a WW 59 in sunburst.
    I was setting this guitar up to my tastes, and while inspecting i found which i believe is a wood seam really close to the edge, crossing thru the control cavity. Which led me to think its not 2, or even 3 piece body.
    Is that even possible?
    I can say its not made of 2 pieces as i use it with the back cover off, and there is no seam visible at the middle of the trem cavity.

    Its impossible to follow the grain as the wood is very plain so i was trying to identify wood seams.

    I will try to post pics but its really hard to capture this using a cellphone cam.
    I dont think the body was swapped as i know the seller but idk maybe it was changed before he got it, still, i think its 100% original. Attached is a pic of the neck pocket
    Thanks!!
     
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  3. henderman

    henderman Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    congrats and welcome !

    i have an unfinished 2 piece aftermarket body with a nearly impossible to see seam that is off center and crooked.

    but it is still one of the prettiest to me guitar bodies i have ever seen and i can not wait to build a guitar with it.

    in manufacturing they try to always do the same thing with the same material and processes as it makes things easier for production.

    but anything can happen in a factory to keep the wheels turning and no one is throwing out wood that can make a good body blank.

    it may be hard to know how many pieces it has or where the seams may be but it is still be more than good enough for a guitar as long as the pieces are joined properly.
     
  4. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Strat-Talk Supporter

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    There's pretty much no way to tell without looking at pictures of your Strat's actual body.

    But unless you explicitly order the body to be 1-pc, 2-pc, etc., I don't think CS guitar bodies are limited to a certain number of wood pieces. Heck, even in the official 2019 CS Design Guide [link] they show a 3-pc body on the "Tonewoood Option" page:

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    Now you should post some pics of that WW 59 so we can all enjoy it! :)

    And welcome to ST!
     
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  5. Nate D

    Nate D Senior Stratmaster

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    ES-335's are made of laminate wood... see plywood. They sound great. I wouldn't worry about the number of pieces your Strat body is made of as long as you dig it.
     
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    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    In the late 70s and early 80s, it was all about neck-through laminated axes... 2 mahogany "wings" with mahogany and a lighter wood layered across the neck.
    Great for a stable neck if done properly.

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    If it sounds good....it is good.
     
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    Those are some tasty chops my man:thumb:
     
  9. Mr C

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    My pancake body 76 deluxe with its three piece maple neck is one of the best sounding les Paul’s I’ve ever heard. It looks pretty cool too...

    Don’t worry about it, no one cared about any of this stuff before the internet

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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I like plywood. The right piece can be a revelation.
     
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    I had an old plywood backed guild acoustic for years that was amazing, easily the equal of d28’s and J45’s and other ‘all solid’ guitars I owned. It got stolen out of my hotel one night, still never found an acoustic that sounded as good...
     
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    I'm talking about solid bodied electrics. If you weren't told, you would never know they're plywood. They don't look, feel or sound any different. :D
     
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  13. Mr C

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    Careful, the tonequisition will burn you for heresy....

    I pointed out on a thread earlier this week that one of the best sounding guitars I’ve ever heard was a tele my mate built out of the offcut from a laminate construction beam...
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Do I look like I give a flying puck?
     
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    My 78 LP Standard doesn’t have the pancake body but it does have the three piece maple neck and the flattest top carve you’ve ever seen and it’s amazing. Probably the only guitar I don’t think I could replace because it’s unique and my favorite Les Paul I’ve ever played.
     
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    I know the received wisdom is all the guitars built in the Norlin years were dogs but to be honest I’ve never come across a bad one...
     
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    I’ve come across a few, but that’s more to do with my disposition towards Les Pauls in general. I find that I dig like one in six Les Pauls I play. Lol.

    It has nothing to do with the era it was built.
     
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    He certainly doesn't give but occasionally he shoots them.
     
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    On the multiple laminates, I have a Natural where you cannot see the seam at all, it is a two piece. I have a Sienna Sunburst where the seam is obvious. Love them both. Both play and sound great. Both look great. Both feel great. I agree with the posts above that if it works for you, then you are off to the races. Like you, I am curious, though.

    Can someone give me heads up on where to read about these LPs? The Wine colored one is very pretty and glad you enjoy it. I'm not a LP guy but want to get one for my collection and the odd time I may want to play it out. Short references above about that era are interesting to me.

    Thanks,

    JKC
     
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