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New project underway.

Been thinking about replacing the plywood body on the Maestro LPJ gold '57 clone.
The neck on that guitar is so sweet, I think it needs a decent hardwood body.

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Shopping for replacement bodies led to buying another Maestro to part out.
That plan didn't work, as I wound up making the pelham blue special instead of scavenging the body.

So I ordered this:
3 piece ash 21" x 15" x 1-3/4"
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Front & back (different lighting) - not sure if there's really a good or bad side.
Grain doesn't matter because it's getting painted a solid color (gold again).
I went with a 3 piece instead of a 2 piece (same price) because it's more stable for temperature and humidity changes (in theory).
Also not having a glue seam running down the center of the neck pocket, pickup routs and bridge studs seemed like a good idea.

Wood slab is from Exotic Wood Zone in St. Louis.
Nice selection, decent pricing, and shipped quick.
Available in 2" thick if you want to tackle a carve top, but I opted for a finished 1-3/4" for the Jr.

Here's a shot with a template from the special for scale.
Plenty of extra to work with.
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I also got the paint from the same place as the pelham blue I used on the special.
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Only place I could find with the authentic pelham blue was Ohio Valley Nitro, so I decided to use them again for the gold.
Very happy with the quality - IMHO better than Stew Mac rattle cans.

Still need to make some new templates, the ones from the special were more for pickup and control cavity locations.
I might just slice the old ply body down the center and get a ready made front & back set of templates...
 
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I had an old full size ply body strat many years ago and that thing had some nice sustain, and great acoustic projection. Absolutely honked with a Super Distortion in it. I wouldn't have changed the body out just because it was ply.

How's it sound now? It may not sound better after all the work, it may, but ply doesn't neccesarily have to equate to "sounds like shit "

I have a 89 Korean Squire 2 Strat that has a thinner ply body, factory h/s/s, no pick guard, and I don't think I'd change it either. Sounds and plays really good.

When the f do you find time to play? One project ends you start another..lol.that's kinda why I stopped building amps, I spent more time building and tweaking than playing.
 

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Does plywood sound terrible?
No.
Does ash sound worse than plywood?
I could have spent a little more for mahogany.
I could have spent a little less on pine or poplar.

I've heard tone is in the wood.
I've heard tone is in the pickups.
I've heard tone in in the fingers.
I think it's in the volume knob.

Rick said I don't need any more guitars, but I like to have stuff to do...

I play a little just about every day - different amps, different guitars.
I even do a Steve Stine DVD lesson now and then and actually learn a little.
All of this is a hobby for me.
I have no goals or expectations.
 

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Does ash sound worse than plywood?
I could have spent a little more for mahogany.
I could have spent a little less on pine or poplar.

I've heard tone is in the wood.
I've heard tone is in the pickups.
I've heard tone in in the fingers.
I think it's in the volume knob.

Rick said I don't need any more guitars, but I like to have stuff to do...

I play a little just about every day - different amps, different guitars.
I even do a Steve Stine DVD lesson now and then and actually learn a little.
All of this is a hobby for me.
I have no goals or expectations.
Looking forward to the finished product here buddy.. because I have seen you do some amazing work, and this will be no exception..
Cheers to the build

Mitch
 

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Cool looking project. I agree on doing that to replace plywood - I don't care if it may sound great because I hate the stuff.

I look forward to seeing the progress. I have a mini Strat kit that it's time to get started on - it's a fun hobby.
 

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When it comes tone wood it does not matter. It is all about the density of the wood that matters . i came across a bunch really hard wooden blocks and build a strat body it sounded like shit tons of glue and wood you could not put a wood screw in 797F32E8-B4A9-4794-91A8-FCFFAD0C4743.jpeg
 

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When it comes tone wood it does not matter. It is all about the density of the wood that matters . i came across a bunch really hard wooden blocks and build a strat body it sounded like shit tons of glue and wood you could not put a wood screw in View attachment 105749
I made my Red Special Clone out of strips of walnut, with a mahogany veneer & barn red stain.
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Nice tone - heavy AF.
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Brian May and his Pops made theirs out of MDF and mahogany veneer. It turned out okay in the end.
I actually did a bit of research building that one.
To the best of my knowledge, there were parts from a kitchen table, a fireplace mantle, and a butcher's cleaver involved in the original build.
 

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My favorite bass is a 1990 MiK Squier with Aguilar P60 and an Emerson kit. The body is plywood. I also have a 1972 ash Precision - not sure the plywood body is a bad thing
 


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