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Being new to wood working, I'm needing some direction. I'm sure this is a common question on the forum

I'm planning to learn to build guitars, primarily electric, and I need to know how to find a good source for wood and to know if I am getting a decent price.



The main wood that I will need is swamp ash, mahogany, hard maple and from time to time, black walnut. I live in west central Ohio near Dayton

I know I have a lot of learning ahead of me but Rome wasn't built in a day so.....


Thanks in advance
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Hi, Keith..

I buy just about all of my lumber from Muterspaw Lumber. Very good quality, plenty to choose from, and good prices. Chad is a great guy. Fairly close to you too.C.R. Muterspaw Lumber Exotic Woods and Domestic Hardwood Lumber
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Morning, my 2 favorites are Clark's Hardwood Lumber Co. & hearnehardwoods.com - in that order. For your first order you might try Grizzly.com as Grizzly supplies guitar blanks, wood, fret material and hardware (Humbucker, etc.). The CEO is a guitar luthier, woodworker and machinist so they have a good selection at mostly reasonable prices.

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Local stores can carry exotic wood also. I have seen 3/4" planed boards of maple at Home Depot. Also have seen walnut, hickory, oak, and a couple others at the new Minard's on route 725. There is also a lumber/molding company in Downtown Dayton right across from the ball park that I have seen good sizes of rough cut walnut and possible other species but I haven't been in there for quite a while.
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There is also a Woodcraft store south of Dayton which you can look up in the phone book or online. www.Woodcraft.com

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Thanks to all for your advice.

As it turns out, C.R. Muterspaw Lumber is about 15 minutes from me. I've driven by it several times as I was traveling to the Wilmington area to pheasant hunt.
Mendelsohn's Electronics is in the general area mentioned and I've been there many times for parts.

I will definitely check out all that was mentioned. Like I said, I have a lot to learn before I buy good lumber but I like to get my ducks in a row early. Its just cold enough that I can't work in my garage for any length of time so I'm getting tools together and arranged.


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Hey GnLguy, I know what a GnL is! I've been making guitars for a few years. Have a look at Fender Telecaster® Electric Guitar Central -- No. 1 in the World if you haven't found it already. In addition to the advice you've already been given, I'd suggest you find and get to know the millers in your area, particularly guys with mobile chainsaw and bandsaw mills who make planks from trees. The advantage of guitar-making is that you can use shorter planks than anybody else, so offcuts that you will literally get for nothing will come your way if you make enough useful contacts. I know a guy who works in a plant where they shred "waste" wood from construction and demolition sites to make firewood briquettes, and he keeps nice pieces for me. The dark wood in this guitar body is mahogany that was dumped by someone and retrieved by him.

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I will keep that in mind. I once found a website of man that watched for old barns being torn down and he was salvaging pine boards for guitar bodies. The theory is that it takes decades for pine to truly be dry of resin and once it is in that state, the pine is an exceptional tone wood. The drawback is the way that it splits and dents so easily.

I have 2 G&L guitars, both made with swamp ash and the craftsmanship is amazing. Leo Fender is quoted as saying that with G&L, he had perfected his 2 first designs as much as he could. They definitely don't scrimp on the woodworkiing
If you were to Google the name Paul Reed Smith, you would find an American guitar co. in Maryland that has some of the finest woodworkers. There is a multi-part series on You Tube of his factory that is interesting to watch the care and detail that is taken on their products
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Being new to wood working, I'm needing some direction. I'm sure this is a common question on the forum

I'm planning to learn to build guitars, primarily electric, and I need to know how to find a good source for wood and to know if I am getting a decent price.



The main wood that I will need is swamp ash, mahogany, hard maple and from time to time, black walnut. I live in west central Ohio near Dayton

I know I have a lot of learning ahead of me but Rome wasn't built in a day so.....


Thanks in advance
Keith

I would suggest you look around your local saw mills. There is one on Jasper Road just outside of Xenia just a couple of miles, just past Blue Jacket, they mill lumber for pallets but also save some for projects. There are some other sawmills down around Hillsboro. There is also a lumber yard at Washington Courthouse that has hardwood at decent prices. Lots of times you can pick through cut-offs that will fit your purpose. I was brought up and lived in that area several years, my youngest son still lives in Jamestown.
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I would suggest you look around your local saw mills. There is one on Jasper Road just outside of Xenia just a couple of miles, just past Blue Jacket, they mill lumber for pallets but also save some for projects. There are some other sawmills down around Hillsboro. There is also a lumber yard at Washington Courthouse that has hardwood at decent prices. Lots of times you can pick through cut-offs that will fit your purpose. I was brought up and lived in that area several years, my youngest son still lives in Jamestown.
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I can't speak for all of the locations, but if you are speaking of Willis Lumber in Washington Court House, it's gone.
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