The Gold Digger

ragamuffin

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So, now that I've sold off my "Suprocaster" parts I can start thinking about my next build: The Gold Digger. It will be a baritone build using the Supro humbucker-sized goldfoil pickups that I bought a while back.

I'm thinking:
-Hybrid Strat body HH is roasted swamp ash which I'll finish in tru oil
-Yellow tortoise pickguard
-Chopped tele bridge
-Chrome and brass hardware

Something like this, but in a strat body shape
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I'm ready to order the body, but I can't decide on the neck woods. It will either be
1.) Roasted maple with a rosewood board
2.) Roasted maple with a ziricote board, or
3.) Canary with a ziricote board

Any input? I love my roasted maple neck, but I haven't tried canary ziricote. Also, I don't want the neck to look overly busy.
 

ragamuffin

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alexreinhold said:
You are a machine ragamuffin ;-)

My vote: 2.) Roasted maple with a ziricote board

Thanks Alex! Yeah I've got the build addiction real bad... I think I started to dream up this build before I was done with the last!

I'm thinking roasted maple/ziricote too
 

Surf n Music

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I had a all canary and it burnished out real nice. I have a couple roasted maple necks too. One plus is how good it smelled as I burnished them. Seem like the color of roasted maple would pair nice with the moc up you posted.

Haven't had anything with zircote yet. I have a bocote fret board I really like. Hard decisions  :glasses10:
 

Steve_Karl

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ehhh ... nice idea but could you possibly find a more primitive and less functional bridge? (snark)
Seriously - I can't imagine why anyone would use a bridge so limited in intonation setting.

 

Sadie-f

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Canary & zircote for sure.

I dig about build desire. I ordered my all maple body & maple + rosewood neck at the same time I had finished the rosewood strat enough to stop and play it for a month. #1 was still receiving its carved sections and piezos when #2 arrived.

Next build will be all maple acoustic, I don't anticipate starting before I retire :).
 

ragamuffin

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Thanks guys! Hmm... canary or roasted maple, canary or roasted maple...  :icon_scratch:
I'm thinking the color of roasted maple might be a little better with the body, but I've seen some BEAUTIFUL pictures of canary https://twitter.com/warmothguitar/status/653694999079583744

Also @Steve_Karl I'll be using Gotoh "swiveling"/"adjustable" tele saddles (the same kind Suhr uses) so I can intonate properly and make the bridge SLIGHTLY less archaic. I just love the aesthetic/feel of a classic telecaster bridge, despite it's inherent flaws.

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Rick

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I have that gotoh bridge but with the cut away and it intonates perfectly.  Don't look back.
 

Sadie-f

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If you need to adjust the body plan some to step its game up to matching that neck idea, I say do eet!
 

ragamuffin

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Sadie-f said:
If you need to adjust the body plan some to step its game up to matching that neck idea, I say do eet!

This made me think and now I juggling the body wood options! I think I'm going to go with canary/ziricote, and I was thinking a white korina body would match the color palate nicely and not be too busy... However, I gave Warmoth a call and they don't have any white korina right now... Hmm
 

TBurst Std

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Neck meat. Roasted maple or Canary
FB : Zircote, ebony, nothing wrong with rosewood. Had aPau Ferro fb on a neck and loved it. Add that to the party
 

TBurst Std

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Just sayin for the pic you posted:
Choice 1 Canary/Ebony
2 Canary/Zircote
3 and 4 repeat but with roasted maple

I’ve read enough issues(?) with roasted maple here that I’m hesitant on it (splitting wood and all).  Canary is a time proven alternative
 

DangerousR6

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TBurst Std said:
Just sayin for the pic you posted:
Choice 1 Canary/Ebony
2 Canary/Zircote
3 and 4 repeat but with roasted maple

I’ve read enough issues(?) with roasted maple here that I’m hesitant on it (splitting wood and all).  Canary is a time proven alternative
I agree, Canary and ziricote is definately a choice neck. But the pic wasn't directed at you.... :toothy11:
 
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