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I found some suitable alder for me in the local woodshop but it's thickness is about 1 inch.

Now, would it be too bad to glue the guitar out of 6 pieces: three side-by-side and in two layers.

I've never seen guitars built with two layers of wood, will it be alright or should I keep looking?

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Jimbo

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I found some suitable alder for me in the local woodshop but it's thickness is about 1 inch.

Now, would it be too bad to glue the guitar out of 6 pieces: three side-by-side and in two layers.

I've never seen guitars built with two layers of wood, will it be alright or should I keep looking?

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Jimbo

It'll be fine structurally. However, you may find that the joint is visible through your finish, even if you use an opaque colour. This sometimes happens with 70's LP's - the Norlin era guitars where often pancaked out of 1" mahogany since it was cheaper.

For a first instrument, which is likely to be slightly shy of perfect (at least finish wise) it'll be fine. You can save the more expensive materials for later, when you've got a little more experience.

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I do most of mine this way - the woods I use are hard to find in 1.75" thickness - mostly they are 1/2 the required thickness. No problems yet with building or sound. I've built two with 2 layers of the same wood and the layering is visible. On one, there was a faint line at the joint - maybe due to glue absorption into the wood surfaces. In the other case, you could see a change in grain direction above and below the joint. In neither case did it look bad - go ahead...

Rich

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I'm gonna put a solid finish on it, so grain direction is no big deal. I got a huge piece of ash but I think I'll buy the 1/2 size alder too. I think the ash isn't dried enough... Oh, won't it damage the sustain a bit if I make the body out of that many pieces?

What do the drying process look like? I can throw it down to the corner of my room and take it out after a year or two?

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jimbo

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