Had a guitar made out of barn wood

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12/1/2018 10:08 AM

Been wanting to do it for a while and finally pulled the trigger a while back, and just finished it this week. Boards came from a barn on my parents farm, so I wanted to utilize as many parts from the farm as I could. Tone knob is a push/pull bright switch, so I used the choke knob off of an old grain truck laid to rest in another barn, the volume knob is an old shotgun shell casing I found inside that was likely used for trap shooting off of the north side of the barn sometime in my childhood, pickup selector is a buckeye from the tree next to the house, and the truss rod cover is the tin roofing on the barn. Neck is from warmoth, 24 3/4 conversion, roasted maple with rosewood fretboard, Fralin hum cancelling p-90s. I thought this would calm my thirst for more guitars, but I'm already wanting another!

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12/1/2018 10:14 AM

Let's see some pics

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12/1/2018 10:18 AM

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12/1/2018 10:21 AM

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12/1/2018 11:15 AM

Man that is cool!

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12/1/2018 12:31 PM

Wow that is really cool! Nice work.

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12/1/2018 1:47 PM

Wow!!!!

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12/1/2018 2:42 PM

Very cool!

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12/1/2018 3:53 PM

Love it.

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12/1/2018 4:06 PM

Nice!

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12/1/2018 4:26 PM

Hey that is cool!

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12/1/2018 6:00 PM

This would start a tonewood debate on some forums. I'm a skeptic on that shit. Major skeptic.
What you have here is what custom guitars should be about. History, family, keepsake originality. I love it.
Play some riffs and post em up. I would like to hear what it sounds like.

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12/1/2018 6:04 PM

That’s an heirloom piece right there!! Well done!!

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12/1/2018 6:33 PM

Very nice and unique . I like it a lot.

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12/2/2018 4:10 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/2/2018 4:13 AM

borg wrote:

This would start a tonewood debate on some forums. I'm a skeptic on that shit. Major skeptic.
What you have here is what custom guitars should be about. History, family, keepsake originality. I love it.
Play some riffs and post em up. I would like to hear what it sounds like.

I assumed that with the boards likely being one, that it would be tinny sounding, anemic almost, so I had both pickups over wound 5% to make sure it had some girth to it. It is actually quite thick/bassy sounding, with the neck pickup sounding more like a humbucker than a p-90. Bridge pickup has some serious bite, and using both pickups I do get a bit of the snap I was looking for. I might swap them out for a lower winding, but I'm impressed with how it sounds. I'll see if I have time to make a video today

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12/2/2018 5:20 AM

That is one cool guitar. Wasn't sure how it was going to look but you/they did a really nice job.

Definitely would like to hear the difference between that one and a "standard" model, if there is such a thing.

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12/3/2018 1:30 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/6/2018 8:54 PM

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12/3/2018 6:37 AM

borg wrote:

This would start a tonewood debate on some forums. I'm a skeptic on that shit. Major skeptic.
What you have here is what custom guitars should be about. History, family, keepsake originality. I love it.
Play some riffs and post em up. I would like to hear what it sounds like.

Cool looking axe! Some serious mojo. I'm with Borg on the wood. It's 95% electronics and 5% wood affecting the sound. Just my experience.

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12/4/2018 3:45 AM

I'll try to post a video up tomorrow night, been working long hours.

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12/5/2018 6:51 PM

Neat. That looks great!

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12/5/2018 7:15 PM

borg wrote:

This would start a tonewood debate on some forums. I'm a skeptic on that shit. Major skeptic.
What you have here is what custom guitars should be about. History, family, keepsake originality. I love it.
Play some riffs and post em up. I would like to hear what it sounds like.

Foghorn wrote:

Cool looking axe! Some serious mojo. I'm with Borg on the wood. It's 95% electronics and 5% wood affecting the sound. Just my experience.

I'm threatening to build a guitar out of steel tubing or something to get to the bottom of this. BTW, I've had problems micing my acoustic when I want to record so I took an old humbucker from a Les Paul I had and rigged it up in the sound hole so I could plug it straight in to my audio interface. Sounded just like my Les Paul.

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12/5/2018 7:47 PM

Whoa! That is one neat looking guitar Davis. This is another thing I never got the chance to add to my life experience.....learn how to play a guitar.

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12/6/2018 9:57 AM

Very cool guitar! Great work!

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12/10/2018 2:21 PM

That’s really cool! I contacted DW to see if they could build me a drum kit from an old tree on my family property. Really cool idea, awesome work Sir!

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12/11/2018 4:45 AM

Nice

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12/11/2018 9:29 AM

dadofagun wrote:

That’s really cool! I contacted DW to see if they could build me a drum kit from an old tree on my family property. Really cool idea, awesome work Sir!

If they won't do it, Luka percussion might.

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12/11/2018 9:56 AM

dadofagun wrote:

That’s really cool! I contacted DW to see if they could build me a drum kit from an old tree on my family property. Really cool idea, awesome work Sir!

Sheriff245 wrote:

If they won't do it, Luka percussion might.

I’ll check them out, thanks man!

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12/11/2018 8:01 PM

Very creative and cool looking. What is the switch made from? It looks like an old gumdrop.

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12/13/2018 2:58 AM

Tiki wrote:

Very creative and cool looking. What is the switch made from? It looks like an old gumdrop.

It's a buckeye. Sorry, no video yet. I'm in day 11 of 12+ hour shifts and am physically and emotionally drained!

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12/15/2018 4:57 AM

borg wrote:

This would start a tonewood debate on some forums. I'm a skeptic on that shit. Major skeptic.
What you have here is what custom guitars should be about. History, family, keepsake originality. I love it.
Play some riffs and post em up. I would like to hear what it sounds like.

Foghorn wrote:

Cool looking axe! Some serious mojo. I'm with Borg on the wood. It's 95% electronics and 5% wood affecting the sound. Just my experience.

borg wrote:

I'm threatening to build a guitar out of steel tubing or something to get to the bottom of this. BTW, I've had problems micing my acoustic when I want to record so I took an old humbucker from a Les Paul I had and rigged it up in the sound hole so I could plug it straight in to my audio interface. Sounded just like my Les Paul.

I fall somewhere in the middle on this, I think that the woods do make a difference, but it's not the end all-be all for what makes a guitar sound "good". I will say, switching back and forth from my other guitars to this one, they sound and feel just a bit "sweeter".

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