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    • #379
      Matt Hayden
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      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.

      Macacauba

    • #545
      Matt Hayden
      Participant

      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.

      • This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by Matt Hayden.
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    • #2316
      Acoustic Soul
      Participant

      Cool Matt!

    • #2332
      Hank
      Participant

      Matt (The Windmill),

      Please post pix of the build in progress.


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    • #2467
      Matt Hayden
      Participant

      I will, when time permits.

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