Barrel Wood Guitar Bodies?

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  1. rrobbone

    rrobbone Well-Known Member

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    2.5 lbs is certainly not going to be any maple I’ve ever heard of.

    My alder builds weigh in at 4 lbs or so for comparison.
     
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    2.5 lbs sounds too light for anything but balsa... I think it was just that one seller who was claiming it's maple. All the other ones I saw just said "barrel wood". Not that that makes things clearer. I'm pretty sure it's paulownia.

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    Newegg is calling it maple too.

    https://www.newegg.com/p/0X6-01CC-0...VEavsCh3nDQosEAQYAiABEgJosfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
     
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    There is no way that wood 1) was previously used in a barrel and 2) that it came from a tree that a North American arborist would identify as a species of maple.
     
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    These caught my eye this week as well. C'mon Man, its $35 - get one ordered before its too late!!!! How else are we gonna know if its new barrel wood or used barrel wood? It could smell bad, but sound great!

    I think it would look super cool with a tortoise shell pickguard.

    Since these are clearly from Asia, maybe they are made from scraps left over from making rice barrels:

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    Looks similar to me.
     
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    There are so many variations of maple that comes out of asia. For example the "flamed maple" that is used on Eastman guitars is some kind of Asian wood I think it is called Himalayan maple. The flame is totally different on it than say Canadian maple. "Barrell wood" is more than likely a name for a species of wood that is not used as often.
     
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    I work in a place where we used to have huge wooden water tanks. Like a few thousand gallons each,..6-8 ft in diameter and over 6 ft tall. Those were made of 2" thick stock. So its possible the wood could be repurposed from something like that.
    But, like others, I'ld bet its just jargon from Chinese vendors trying to market via english words that describe something possibly related to what they are selling.

    Then there is other barrel wood.
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    Not that webscammer again, different name again.
     
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    As stated before, every barrel wood body on ebay comes from china. I suspect a build with one of these would turn into a project
     
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    At first, I was like, "no way that's over a thousand gallons," but I just did the math. Assuming just 6 feet tall tanks, 6ft diameter would be 1269.04 gallons and 8ft diameter would be 2244.16 gallons. You are right. Literally thousands of gallons!
     
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    Maybe it's the same wood they'd use for barrels, but before it's cut into planks for the barrels? Not really worth calling it barrel wood then, though.
     
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    Marketing term, just like synthetic oil doesn't have to be truly synthetic.
     
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    That's what I was thinking. Maybe they use that wood for barrels in China.
     
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    I wouldn't count on receiving anything for $70.
     
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    Yeah, that's the only thing that's keeping me from buying one. I'm tired of having to "finesse" neck pockets and re-rout cavities on Chinese bodies. Plus, if it's Paulownia (as I suspect it is), I'm not sure I trust that wood for a guitar body. I still only reluctantly accept basswood, and I'd feel real iffy going with something even lighter.
     
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    FWIW, I have one paulownia body partscaster and it is light, resonates very well, but isnt necessarily strong enough for much tremolo torque on screws. I think I gave it a slight body crack using tremolo. Now its only used without the trem arm.
     
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    Yeah, that's the kind of thing that would worry me... and its ability to hold screws. How much does the body weigh by itself? I'm concerned that it if the 2.5 pound weight in that ebay listing is accurate, the neck will outweigh the body. Does yours have balance issues?
     

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