Chestnut

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  • #2845

    Daniel
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    How do  you all feel about Chestnut as a tone wood?

    I was visiting Etienne Vanhove’s shop to have him repair the pickguard on my mandolin and noticed a large chunk of it in the shop.  It’ll need to be trimmed and stacked, but it’s beautiful stuff.  Yellow like Maple, but without the green overtones.  Chestnut has blue overtones.

    I’m thinking fretboards maybe?  But like Maple and Walnut, a relative, it could be used for the body.

    Daniel


  • #2846

    Chrisakadigdog
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    I’ve Only seen it used as a binding or marquetry inlay on a few guitars from Japan, Yamaki,Yairi, Tokai,  Never as a back and sides tone wood use.      I could imagine it looking sharp as a combo three piece back for Mando or guitar.

  • #2847

    tadol
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    Most chestnut seems to suffer from worms – hence “wormy chestnut” – may be primarily a US problem?  But it does (usually?) have a very pronounced grain – it’d be interesting to see one!

  • #2848

    Daniel
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    Etienne had a big piece of it.  Slab cut centre of a tree.  There were knots here and there, but nothing problematic.
    I’ll see if I can get a photos.

    Daniel  (candied chestnuts, yum)


  • #2856

    Matt Hayden
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    It’s good material, not particularly heavy, and nicely grained.

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