Hi, over in Paul Craig's What's on Your Workbench thread, Paul mentioned building guitars out of bamboo, so I thought I would show this one I built some years ago.

Its actually a cigar box made of bamboo. It was too thick to build as an acoustic so it has no soundhole, it is pure hollow-body electric. One side, that was a drawer that held the cigars, is replaced by an access panel for getting inside if need be. The pickup is Gibson Les Paul. Its set up for slide.

Taff 

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Kool, I like the grain of bamboo and was thinking about using a bamboo cutting board for a  head contrasting with a red oak neck. You do some seriously nice looking pieces!

Great looking guitar and I love the custom hand wrest .,.,I'd be tempted to lower the action and shred away.,,.

I have not tried bamboo yet, but I have a discarded cutting board to experiment with.,,.I have seen some bamboo fret boards lately.,.,

Looks great Taff, how does it sound to you?

Here's a pic of the First Act Bambusa guitar made of Bamboo.

Beautiful bamboo guitar. Is it for sale? LOL

This is an example pic. I wish I had one, they were a short run for First Act. If you find one for sale, they will be costly unless the seller doesn't know what they have.

Sorry, you were talking about Taff's guitar and not the one I displayed. It's hard to tell sometimes what people are commenting on.

Hi Paul, it's not a tone that suits my style, it's very bright treble sounding, the pickup position and bridge would contribute to that. I could tame it some but I'll leave it as is.

Taff

What pots and cap are you using?

The pots would be 500's to suit the humbuckers, the cap I'm can't remember but is probably as Gibson use.

Taff

Those Pots and cap value usually work well, but can be dark with some woods.

Fender's Telelcaster Deluxe with twin WRHB pickups and Ash body had to use 1 meg pots to brighten the guitar. I always though Ash was a bright toned wood and hard to imagine that a humbucker would need a 1meg pot, but that's what happens sometimes with certain guitars.

Hi Paul, thanks for the suggestions. I find it hard to describe tone qualities but its not a simple bass or treble thing, but the overall quality of the underlying tones or harmonics of the pickup itself. 

I can get close to what I like by playing with the pots on my amp and pedal.

You know what I'm trying to say.....there are some guitars one can play for hours and some you put down in a much shorter time. If that makes sense. But they could both be good guitars.

Taff

That's why it's hard for people to nail down a particular sound for a type of wood because each guitar made of a particular type can be different. Some are resonant and some are dull and some in between. You can only attribute a general tone for a type of wood. IMO

Some people also like one sound over another, so the people doing the judging can vary as well. I love the tone of all the Mahogany I've come in contact with, but others may have a different view or experience. ;)

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