February 17, 2018 at 4:21 pm #379
I bought a board of red macacauba grown in Brazil, resawed it, and am using it for a self-built parlor guitar project about the size of an SCGC size 1.
This stuff, written about in a GAL journal by a Brazilian maker named Roberto Gomes, is pretty amazing stuff. It’s heavier than BR (BR is 52 lbs ft^2 vs 59 for macacauba) and rings like a bell. It’s reddish, similar to bloodwood, but the color varies.
It’s easily available in dead quartered planks and it machines and bends easily. According to the article I read, it is stable in service (e.g., doesn’t crack). Maybe it’s a good alternative to the rosewoods for the future.
I’ll have the test guitar done by summer….hoping it is a good test case.
April 2, 2018 at 5:11 am #545
And the latest wood in the stash is….persimmon!
It’s an ebony, and it cuts and works like it.
Got the bole of a fruit tree that was in pretty bad shape and have managed to resaw a couple of small back and side sets. It’s about the same density as macassar ebony but lighter in color. It’s pretty dry – the tree had been dead for a year or two – but I’ll let it sit for a bit and see what comes out of it.
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May 23, 2019 at 4:25 am #2316Acoustic SoulParticipant
May 23, 2019 at 11:22 pm #2332HankParticipant
Matt (The Windmill),
Please post pix of the build in progress.
1993 Martin HD-28 IR/Sitka
2001 SCGC F Cutaway Maple/German
2008 SCGC OT Madi/Italian
2015 SCGC OM “The Tree” Hog/ European
2016 SCGC 1934 D45 Braz/ Adi
2016 Taylor K62 CE Limited Edition 12 string all Koa
2019 SCGC FTC Granadillo/Redwood
Life is a journey…not a guided tour,
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June 18, 2019 at 10:37 pm #2467
I will, when time permits.
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