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Unread 07-23-2009, 12:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Walnut guitar

:dim thinking about making a guitar out of walnut with an ebony fretboard . Have any of you guys had any problems with walnut. Ive seen a few guitars made out of it , but it dosent seem very popular .anybody know why?
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Unread 07-23-2009, 12:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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:dim thinking about making a guitar out of walnut with an ebony fretboard . Have any of you guys had any problems with walnut. Ive seen a few guitars made out of it , but it dosent seem very popular .anybody know why?
Here's a reasonable explanation.

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Re: Walnut guitar

only the shape & scale the same build
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Re: Walnut guitar

check out .."only the shape & scale the same" build only the shape & scale the same build
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Re: Walnut guitar

Great minds think alike Billy!
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Re: Walnut guitar

Some examples:







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Re: Walnut guitar

I'm waiting for a Burled Black Walnut Tele From Roman.
Well the Top is walnut the back is Mahogany. Should be the cat's ass when done..
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I'm waiting for a Burled Black Walnut Tele From Roman.
Well the Top is walnut the back is Mahogany. Should be the cat's ass when done..
Sounds awesome!
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Re: Walnut guitar

I'm hoping so, I sent him enough black walnut to do four or five guitars and just wanted a basic unfinished tele body. He said he was cooking up something special for me. I'm hoping that it's this one in the pic. It's what he described to me at the end of May when he called me.
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Re: Walnut guitar

I've built lots of guitars out of Walnut, I'm almost inclined to think it's a bit of a secret weapon. They tend to have similar characteristics to a Mahogany guitar except almost exaggerated, very responsive, tons of midrange and low end detail, very smooth sounding. Given the weight of Mahogany we see these days Walnut can even tend towards the lighter side, bothe the guitars below are around 7 1/2 ponds though they are both lightly chambered. Plus it looks really great.
















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Re: Walnut guitar

Thanks john - love your guitars
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Re: Walnut guitar

BTW a little finishing tip regarding Walnut. It doesn't look very good using traditional grain fillers like you would with Mahogany, they make it look at best cloudy and at worst will have visible streaks in the grain. I use 5 minute epoxy to grainfill walnut. Mix up a very small amount at a time and "squeegee" it hard into the grain using a single sided razor blade with the corners ground off. Do a small area at a time and get the maximum amount in the grain possible. Like regular grain filler you want it IN the grain not sitting on the surface. After the whole body is done remove any ridges with a scraper and sand lightly (after a couple of hours is easier than after say 8 hours when the epoxy is well and truly setup) then seal with shellac and shoot lacquer. This will bring out the maximum beauty and figure in the wood and allow you to have a glasslike surface with a very thin finish. This also works great with wood like figured mahogany and sapele which also don't take well to grain filler.
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BTW a little finishing tip regarding Walnut. It doesn't look very good using traditional grain fillers like you would with Mahogany, they make it look at best cloudy and at worst will have visible streaks in the grain. I use 5 minute epoxy to grainfill walnut. Mix up a very small amount at a time and "squeegee" it hard into the grain using a single sided razor blade with the corners ground off. Do a small area at a time and get the maximum amount in the grain possible. Like regular grain filler you want it IN the grain not sitting on the surface. After the whole body is done remove and ridges with a scraper and sand lightly (after a couple of hours is easier than after say 8 hours when the epoxy is well and truly setup) then seal with shellac and shoot lacquer. This will bring out the maximum beauty and figure in the wood and allow you to have a glasslike surface with a very thin finish. This also works great with wood like figured mahogany and sapele which also don't take well to grain filler.
this is a great tip!! all i've made so far are walnut gtr's and i have noticed a little cloudyness sometimes...got one almost ready now for finish...gonna try this method....thanx john!!!.....billy
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Re: Walnut guitar

Thanks for your help John. I am working on a Black Walnut bodied SG with a maple neck so I appreciate the information.

Sincerely, Scott
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Thanks for your help John. I am working on a Black Walnut bodied SG with a maple neck so I appreciate the information.

Sincerely, Scott
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Thanks for your help John. I am working on a Black Walnut bodied SG with a maple neck so I appreciate the information.

Sincerely, Scott
I got the same thing in the works Scott, but with a Black Walnut neck.
Awaiting the wood for the neck so i can get started. Once I do i'll start a thread.
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I got the same thing in the works Scott, but with a Black Walnut neck.
Awaiting the wood for the neck so i can get started. Once I do i'll start a thread.
Sweet, thanks Lou!!!

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Re: Walnut guitar

I got some other stuff under development as well. I am making some computer models of a special guitar I am going to make and I am really pleased with how it is looking.... I think you guys will really like it.
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I got some other stuff under development as well. I am making some computer models of a special guitar I am going to make and I am really pleased with how it is looking.... I think you guys will really like it.
Awesome! can't wait to see it!
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awesome! Can't wait to see it!
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