Hi, new to the forum and guitar building.
I won't be making a cbg for my first build, it will be either a shovel variation or a solid bodied made out of pitch pine,
I have access to some quite aged pitch pine pews and am considering turning the end of one of them into the body of a 3 string with an engraved copper sheet for scratchboard.

Does anyone have any experience of pitch pine or similar dense heavy woods and their effect on tone etc?

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If you are planning a solid body and the pine is well aged (dried), it should have good tonal quality (depending on the pickup used and the bridge type.

A magnetic pickup mounted at a location around 15% of scale and a simple tone control circuit with a 500K pot and 0.047 uF cap should give you the control over tone to cover a range of sounds.

A hard-tail bridge appears to give a lot of sustain when mounted on a solid body.

The wood itself shouldn't present any problems as a great variety of woods have been used for the solid body of a guitar (including pine or even solid core doors).

Get you pickup and electronics right and a bridge that is firmly attached to the wood and you should have a nice sounding guitar.

Keep us posted

cheers Tom I have a double coil humbucker in transit with 500K pots and 0.022uF capacitor. a hardtail bridge has also landed.
It's going to be fretless since my left hand is mashed on the first two fingers (power tool argumemnts I lost) and I have a soft spot for slide guitar ala Justin Johnson (if only I was 1/10th as good).

Sounds like you have all the good bits handled. A slider is the way to go for a three-stringer. Easy to learn and can make great music.

I'll post some pictures as I get going and the finished beast. possibly even a video of me trying to play it!


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