Sunburst wood grain on 2-3 piece bodies?

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  1. RevBillyG

    RevBillyG Strat-Talker

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    I personally don't pay it much attention. But how hard can it be? Someone looked at a stack of guitar bodies & said, "This one would look good with a see through finish. This one should have an opaque finish."

    Or is no one looking & they send whatever to get whatever finish?

    If that's what they're doing sounds like they don't give a crap.
     
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  2. Neil.C

    Neil.C Most Honored Senior Member

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    I think they probably paint them in batches so a lot of nice bodies probably get an opaque finish whilst some of the natural finishes can be a bit mismatched.
     
  3. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Light angle can make a huge difference in photos.
    My old Partscaster looks nothing like this picture in "real life".
    It was a pre-finished Stew-Mac body that I built in the mid 90s.

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  4. mapleglo

    mapleglo Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    When you build them yourself, you can employ optimum placement of the 3 pieces, to minimize the mismatching.

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    Or in the case of a two piece, where the 2 pieces are just too narrow to do the job, you can add a central flourish.

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    It does take a little extra time and effort to do this, so I can see why many guitars come through with mismatched body slabs.
     
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  5. Andrew Wasson

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    The first thing we learned in high school woodwork was to build boards from rough stock. What we wanted to build dictated the measurements. I wanted to build guitars. Our teacher told us that if we had a single piece of of wood as our blank, we were likely to have a warped end product so we were told to cut it into 2 or 3 pieces, flip the pieces and join them as seamlessly as possible. Then we ran them through the planner to get our pre sanding thickness. I figure if a 14 year old bag of hormones can get this right, my guitar manufacturer of choice should have good odds of getting it right too.

    As someone mentioned earlier, you’d expect they would sort the body blanks into groups that are good for clear or sunburst, semi-opaque and solid colour finishes.

    I’m actually not all that picky. I lucked out and got a couple of really seamless sunbursts but I see the beauty in pretty much any wood guitar body where the grain is visible.
     
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    I've seen a bunches that match really well and bunches that don't. So just buy one that suits your taste, no problem.
     
  7. Bodean

    Bodean Just A Simple Man

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    They build guitars to make music, not to enter in a beauty contest, or to be most photogenic.
     
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  8. Jack Frost

    Jack Frost Strat-O-Master

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    Well in that case why do they bother with different paint colours, wood stains, headstock styles, pickguard materials, bobbin and knob colours, flame maple bodies and necks... of course guitar companies build guitars to look nice! Saying otherwise is just silly.
     
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    I would consider wood a "limited resource" item.
    I would hate to think of it being rejected because it doesn't match.
    Maybe it wouldn't be, i don't know, but if it was tossed because of aesthetics, that would bother me.

    Sort of like the ebony wood that used to be rejected because it had a stripe through it.
    Same with rosewood.

    I'm not really trying to take some "moral high road" here, but we may be playing plastic guitars one day.
    Remembering the good old days when they were made from trees.

    As a personal preference...... i really don't mind seeing the different peices of wood.
     
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    I'm sure it makes absolutely no difference sonically -- but on a finish that shows the grain I will look for matching. The only SB I have now is a Road Worn I got from Sweetwater, the cool part about them is you can pick the exact guitar from the gallery (by serial number). I think I had 4 or 5 to choose from, I went w this one which is nicely matched

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  11. mapleglo

    mapleglo Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    Yeah, when you pay top dollar, it's expected that everything be right.
     
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    Whatever. You don't get my point. I do. That's all that counts in the real world.
     
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    Bodean Just A Simple Man

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    This man gets it.
     
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    Sorry guys, I kind of was having a real "off the rails morning" that morning.

    Please forgive me for not wording that post correctly and more eloquently :oops: I could have done a much better job.

    I actually want my bursts to match too.

    But if I came across one that screamed and purred right and the grain was mismatched, I wouldn't have a problem with it. I let a really great 3T burst, Am. Stand. Strat slip away a few years ago, should have kept that one for sure.

    By the way @mapleglo those are beautiful bodies, all of them.
     
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    When I see those unmatched grains hanging on the walls in stores it got me to wondering if they really don't know the outcome until the finish is applied. I've seen plently of expensive ones with what I consider to be a poor match. I've got two lesser costly ones with a near perfect match.
     
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    I’m very much on the conserve and don’t waste side of things so I get what you’re saying but... They don’t reject bodies with grain that doesn’t match, they just paint them solid colours. All guitar companies that I follow do that and had been doing so for as long as I’ve been paying attention.
     
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    Well... with an argument like that you've convinced me! :rolleyes:
     
  18. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two. Platinum Supporting Member

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    Right up to the point that marketing gets a hold of the product. Music first and looks a very close second. I have taken the crappiest piece of wood I could find and made it look good with my termite tele. However, I do not think production builders would invest the time and materials required. They, in the end, have to make enough of a profit to sustain and grow the company.
     
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  19. Bodean

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    Then you get my point I didn't make. :D
    Why would a company that is only interested in bottom line worry about things that make no difference in the end product. Like matching wood grain and paint on stickers underneath the pick guard. It's unrealistic.
    Fender won't even mark their friggin pickups for crying out loud.:D
     
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  20. arcticstrat

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    No, not a bit! :)

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