The Sound of Sycamore?

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    • #4542
      MajesticShaver
      Participant

      Hey all,

      Just curious, I think that Sycamore is visually striking and such a neat option as a domestic wood, but what about the sound?

      Anyone have a SCGC Sycamore guitar or know what other type of wood (sonically) it compares to?

    • #4547
      Daniel
      Participant

      My Gary Vessel F5 mandolin has a Sycamore back.  It’s also called English maple, though in England they cal them Plain trees.

      The sound is somewhere to the maple side of a spectrum between maple and mahogany.

      I hope that helps!

      Daniel


    • #4552
      bert
      Participant

      I have no experience with sycamore, CFM and Tayor have built with it but…. ?

    • #4555
      Hank
      Participant

      Don’t much care for that …….but that’s just me.


      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,
      The Bay,The Gulf Stream , The Open Ocean are particular about who they share their secrets with.

    • #4556
      tadol
      Moderator

      That may be more torrified top than sycamore – the sycamore looks great, but it wont put mahogany or eir out of business – or even maple –

    • #4563
      MajesticShaver
      Participant

      Thanks for weighing in, that is interesting.

    • #4564
      MajesticShaver
      Participant

      Thanks, yeah, it is so sad, my first SCGC guitar hasn’t even arrived yet, (tho I think it could be coming sometime this month) and I’m already having fantasies about what I want to do for my next SCGC order! 🙂

    • #4565
      tadol
      Moderator

      Not sad – you’ve just hit a milestone in your appreciation of fine instruments. You’re trying to keep control waiting for your guitar, and all you can do is imagine.  Once you get it, you’ll probably loose the desire to get another right away – but as time goes by, that may (probably will) change  –   😉

    • #4566
      Hank
      Participant

      I rarely disagree with Tad ….but, once you have ordered a custom build from SCGC you NEVER stop imagining the specs of another model that you can’t live without.

      Looking forward to your report on your soon to be delivered SC😎

       


      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,
      The Bay,The Gulf Stream , The Open Ocean are particular about who they share their secrets with.

    • #4592
      MajesticShaver
      Participant

      Thanks, I will definitely try to post some pics when it arrives!

    • #4595
      indexless
      Keymaster

      Majestic…..the forum is kind of funky in posting pictures…don’t be distressed if it requires moderation, we’ll get them right up

    • #4618
      MajesticShaver
      Participant

      Thanks, looks like my guitar will be delayed due to the wildfires but I hope to see it in the next month or so.  I got an email from Carolyn about 10 days ago with a status update, but, of course, living here in California myself I know that these fires have changed our lives dramatically.  However long I have to wait for my first SCGC guitar I know it will be worth it!

    • #4650
      Matt Hayden
      Participant

      Sycamore has a lot of damping. It needs a great builder to stiffen it, as SCGC has done.  I’ll still take the old standards.

    • #4654
      Chrisakadigdog
      Participant

      I think I may have seen a Sycamore build on one of the benches  a couple of weeks ago while doing some COVID carpentry for them

    • #4656
      Old 97
      Participant

      I played just one Sycamore Cruz. Top was Spruce of some kind. Right purty.

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