Was going through my stack o’joined tops which I haven’t touched in quite a while because of work.
Most of it’s good spruce of a couple of varieties, as well as some cedar and some oddities (Port Orford, Doug Fir) that I want to play with.
One thing I’d completely forgotten: a Lucky Strike redwood top I got from Alicia and Craig Carter twenty years ago. It was good then, and a couple of decades sitting in a climate-controlled stack hasn’t done anything but help it be drier and ringy-er.
Every LS top I’ve heard has ridiculous, thick trebles, great evenness, lots of bass clarity, and lots of sustain. Was a bit of a treat to find it.
Not sure what to build with it so far, but I’m thinking this and walnut or maybe rosewood in a small fingerstyle guitar.
During my 90 minutes at Sylvan yesterday, two guitars stood out. The EIR FS with a Redwood top was exceptional. Brightness, clarity, with a warm roundness as well, it was the most beautiful of them all.
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
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