Barrel Wood Guitar Bodies?

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  1. Mossman

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    I found myself wanting to invent another guitar project so I could try another dye-burst finish... I started trolling around the usual places looking for unfinished guitar and bass bodies, and it looks like the latest thing is guitar bodies made from maple barrel wood. I mean, they're all over the place! On ebay, Amazon, Walmart, hell even Newegg has them! I didn't even know they sold guitar parts.

    Also, they're cheaper than dirt! Like $35 with free shipping all over ebay... Has anybody seen these, or know anything about them? I frequently browse around for unfinished bodies, even when I don't have a project in mind, and I've never come across barrel wood before (barn wood, yeah, but not barrel wood). They don't look too bad:

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    Roll out the barrel bump...
     
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    All those hours i spent as a kid with my wood burning kit, they now come into play. Maple, i wonder how much they weigh? Actually i wanted to try that high voltage thing where you wet the wood and it burns patterns on it. Just because high voltage is cool to play with.

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    like oak barrel staves for aging wine?

    I've seen staves used for a guitar rack, but that uses the stave in its original shape typically with the bung hole in place.
     
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    How many pieces in a body? I mean, it has to be laminated in thickness too. I don't think too many barrels come made from 1-3/4" slats.
     
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    High voltage and water... What could go wrong?? :D

    I don't know what (if anything) this wood was previously used for. They may have just had a lot of ugly wood laying around, and decided to glue it all up and call it "barrel wood".

    I thought the same thing, but there's no horizontal join. I'm not really sure how it's put together. I want to say those vertical lines on the edge are joins, but those looks like some pretty randomly shaped pieces.

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    Here's a thought... Maybe they call it "barrel wood" because the grain gives the appearance of staves?
     
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    Just noticed this pic... It's definitely a grain pattern. This isn't laminated.

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    Are those growth rings in that last pic? I'm no wood expert, but regular maple up here grows a lot slower than that. Maybe some sort of Asian maple-like wood.
     
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    Weight is listed as 2.42lbs?? That can't be right.

    Specifications:
    Material: maple
    Package size: 490 * 340 * 55mm / 19.29 * 13.38 * 2.16in
    Package weight: 1100 / 2.42lb
     
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    Looks pretty cool from here. The kind you don't even want to paint over!

    Way back when PlayStation 3 was newish, my friend had a famous game called Metal Gear Solid (5, I think). He was having trouble beating an early level, so he asked me to try even though I'm not big into video games. I couldn't beat it either. Another friend showed up, who is infamous for his lack of coordination. We gave him a try, and he jumped his character into a barrel because he couldn't avoid being hit otherwise. He then proceeded to hap-hazardly roll the barrel through the entire level, and beat it. He could not reproduce the phenomena, however!
     
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    I'm seriously doubting it's maple. I think they just threw that word in there for good measure...
     
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    Maybe kg?
     
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    The northern ash tele body that I keep threatening to buy is listed at 3 kg which is about 6.6 lbs. And that is pretty similar to maple.
     
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    Nope. 1100 g is 2.42 lb
     
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    Yeah, that was the plan... Or wasn't the plan. :)


    I've always thought northern ash was heavier than maple... The Meteora body that I got was about 6.5 pound before I weight-relieved it. That's freaking heavy. I calculated that the guitar would weight at least 10 pounds with the neck and all the hardware attached.
     
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    It kinda looks like Pawlonia. That's pretty light... but two and a half pounds?!
     
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    Yeah baby!
     
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    Well, it'll be interesting to see if 1100g is accurate. I like 7-8 lb guitars myself. Too much lighter and they feel like toys, which I experienced with a Parker Fly and Agile AD2.3k
     
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    Hey, if that's what you're into... :)

    Yeah, me too. I want to stay below 10 pounds, anyway... What I'm really concerned about with a body that's that light is massive neck-dive. The neck will weigh more than the body does!

    I found another seller that's selling Paulownia (however it's spelled!) bodies, and I'm pretty sure now that's what the other ones are:

    paulownia strat.jpg
     
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