Marlow wrote:Apart from coldness, expense, and rarity, the tuning issue was another reason I'd prefer to avoid aluminum. I wonder if the stability Jerry found in aluminum necks meant stability in terms of warping, bending etc. There seems no physical way to get around the expansion issue. Some Korean cars used to have a similar problem: steel blocks and aluminum heads means different expansion rates, end eventually a cracked head.
I guess there's nothing for it but to put something together and see what happens.
I thought Jerry liked TBs for their stability!?!?
gr8fullfred wrote:Fact is Jerry played many guitars in the early days. He just never found one that he liked, until Wolf and the other Irwins that followed Wolf (Tiger, Rosebud). Why spend the time and money building a guitar that Jerry did not even like enough to play for very long? Makes no sense. I saw a TB in a shop in Florida for $2800. I think that TB himself just passed away at this time. (a year or two ago).
If you really want one of these, best to go out and buy one. Would probably cost you more to build one. The aluminum neck would probably feel cold at any normal room temperature.
Two on Ebay now:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1976-Travis-Bea ... 0734222365
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1979-Travis-Bea ... 0496388912
williamsaut wrote:All that said, You've got my creative juices flowing to glue an aluminum block in a Jerrycaster with a graphite neck and see how it sounds. Anyone know some definitive shows when Jerry played the Travis so I can give a listen?
williamsaut wrote:Graphite necks like the Modulus that Bobby played are extremely stiff and pretty much immune to temperature as well as moisture and have pretty much zero expansion due to heat. The ones I've seen on Ebay licensed by Fender have Truss rods but it's my understanding that their so stiff that there won't be much adjustment going on. Many top shelf acoustics employ composite strips inlaid into the neck to add stiffness. I did play an all graphite acoustic once and to my ear the high E string was a little week compared to a wood guitar but this might have been a workmanship issue. As for sound it's really a gain in sustain that would be more noticeable than a perceived tone. If someone made a graphite neck that had a wood board, IMO that would be better than all graphite.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Licensed-Fe ... 5aeab57a59
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