Re: Fenders - plywood?
- From: Jim Kelley <jwkelley@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 11:40:44 -0700
Brian Running wrote:
Les Cargill wrote:
My '75's body is three pieces of ... alder? joined with a
planer-joiner. It's laminated wood, not plywood.
Not really laminated, it's "glued up," in the woodworker's lingo. Laminated means "in layers," plywood is laminated.
That's certainly one meaning of the word. Laminate is the correct term, in general, for bonding together two or more pieces of wood in such a way to increase thickness or strength.
I wonder if the OP really means plywood, or is he talking about a glued-up blank.
Just out of curiosity, what does OP mean?
Plywood is thin layers of veneer stacked up -- I don't think I've ever seen a bass body made of actual plywood, or if I did, it was well-painted. The problem with plywood is that the edges will always eventually show the laminations, because plywood's layers are laid up with the grain at right angles, to give it stability and strength. Problem is, the slight difference in expansion and contraction between the end-grain and side-grain layers will eventually show.
I've read that Silvertone guitars were made out of actual plywood. But I think it's safe to say that Fender Strats, Tele's, Precision basses, and Jazz basses have never been made out of plywood.
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