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Posted: 19 Jan 09, 03:46 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Im planning on builiding my own Red Special, but I can't get accurately the woods that Brian used. I've found a lot of sites with information about the body and the neck, but everyone of the them say different things, so I dunno which one believe. Does any one know the actual woods that brian used?

I tend to believe this one a little bit, I see it a little more serius.

(...)The neck was finished with a 24 fret Oak fingerboard which was painted black(...)
The body was made from Oak, which was salvaged from a table, and also block
board, with Mahogany veneer covering the entire body. The final result
was a semi acoustic guitar, the central block of Oak is glued in to the
block board wings which are hollowed, and then covered in 2 sheets of
Mahogany veneer to give it the appearance of a solid body guitar


But it doesn't say anything about the fretboard, I've read somewhere that it's ebony, Am I right??



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Posted: 19 Jan 09, 03:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is the link of the text I posted up.

http://www.freewebs.com/mattw04/infoonredspecial.htm



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Posted: 19 Jan 09, 05:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Doesn't it say 'fingerboard' at the start of the quote?



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Posted: 19 Jan 09, 12:14 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fretboard is definitely not ebony. Cant say for sure what it is, but would assume oak same as the neck.

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Posted: 20 Jan 09, 11:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The ebony fretboard applies only to the Guild, Burns and BHM models.  The original Red Special does not have an ebony fretboard.

The neck is not oak.  The neck was made out of a 200 year old fireplace.  Brian's guitar is also known as The Fireplace for this reason

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Posted: 22 Jan 09, 06:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Neck is made of Mahogany (the old fireplace). fretboard could be oak, not sure. The rest you have is pretty much right. Blockboard and Oak are the main types for the body.

I've decided to give it a try as well. Hoping to start with the design somewhere next month. I already have the electronics working. with some old stratocaster pickups. Still have to find a cheap deal for the trisonic Pickups Brian uses.

good luck!


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Posted: 22 Jan 09, 14:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

If you're looking for Tri-sonics, get these!

I have them and they sound so sweet!
http://www.adeson.co.uk/

WOW, LOOK AT THE BHM STYLE TELE!

http://www.adeson.co.uk/Gallery%20800.JPG

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Posted: 23 Jan 09, 03:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote



artemismoon wrote:

If you're looking for Tri-sonics, get these!

I have them and they sound so sweet!
http://www.adeson.co.uk/

WOW, LOOK AT THE BHM STYLE TELE!

http://www.adeson.co.uk/Gallery%20800.JPG>
Nice of a concept as it is, it looks fucking ugly otherwise.


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Posted: 23 Jan 09, 10:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Very ugly indeed.. but interesting.





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Posted: 23 Jan 09, 11:25 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I like it!  I'm a huge Telecaster fan, so it's right up my alley!

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Posted: 23 Jan 09, 15:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I thought he used a 3 wood.


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Posted: 24 Jan 09, 22:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Isn't the body from a fireplace too?


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Posted: 28 Jan 09, 13:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No, the body was blockboard with mahogany veneer, maybe with an oak core for more strength.



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Posted: 28 Jan 09, 19:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Ha!  That Tele is pretty cute all things considered.



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