Nolita Posted February 19, 2009 Report Share Posted February 19, 2009 (edited) Hi, Well, so far I only have experience with electric guitars. I haven't built one from scratch, but did familiarize myself with the parts in order to adjust a poorly set up Fender Strat. Difficulty level - 0, tedium level - 8. So I'm at the very least patient. I have some soldering experience and a bit of woodworking experience as well. I'll need very little of the soldering experience to install a piezo pickup so on to the big question. What do you all think of green wood end sealer swabbed onto the inside of the guitar before assembling the parts? After reading that a regular household curling iron reaches the same temperature required to bend wood I gave bending a try using just that, a regular old curling iron. I doubt it's sturdy/solid enough for use in a shop, but for an occasional build, why not? Anyway, I was successful, and am now hopeful. Since you can't be too sure about how well wood purchased from anyone but a seller who specializes in wood for building instruments has dried, I was thinking that green wood end sealer might be the answer. The last thing I want to do is splurge on high quality bookmatched top and back + sides, just to have the darned thing fall apart on me due to a lack of experience. I feel it would be less heartbreaking with less expensive wood. I know that wood turners will turn a green wood bowl until the rough shape is in and the bowl is a certain thickness then apply the sealer and allow the bowl to cure for a length of time before completing the project. So I was thinking that because the green wood sealer breathes, it would allow bending stock to age and cure nicely and so my guitar would be less likely to fall to bits. Bending stock's 1/8 inch thick so it should be perfect for a first guitar. Anyway, thoughts on green wood sealer? Has anyone here tried it? Would it interfere with the binding process? I just need to know before I get to ordering under a possibly delusional belief that it's the best thing since sliced bread. Thanks for your thoughts. Sorry, I forgot to mention that the sealer prevents cracking. I'm guessing it would help to prevent warping as well, but that's only a guess. Edited February 19, 2009 by Nolita Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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