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Guitar: Witch Wood Wood Ewe?

GUEST,saulgoldie 14 Dec 17 - 10:47 AM
gillymor 14 Dec 17 - 01:41 PM
Bugsy 15 Dec 17 - 05:13 AM
gillymor 15 Dec 17 - 07:29 AM
GUEST,Some bloke 17 Dec 17 - 04:50 AM
Will Fly 18 Dec 17 - 07:40 AM
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Subject: Guitar: Witch Wood Wood Ewe?
From: GUEST,saulgoldie
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 10:47 AM

In another thread I asked about "how many guitars?" In this thread, I have justa few(!) questions about wood.

I don't clearly remember which wood was used for which guitars, if I ever knew. I do know how they sound, of course. But...tops, sides, backs...mahogany, spruce, maple, rosewood, and so on? How can I find out? Does it really matter to me? By which I mean *should* it matter to me? If it is rare protected wood but I am not wild about the sound?? Or if it is run-of-the-mill tree wood but sounds like a well-aged Martin? And for the record, my aim is not to impress anyone with the pedigree of my axe. (I can do that with my playing...NOT!!)

And when I sell them, how can I accurately describe which woods were used, cause I know it matters to at least some buyers? Or do you think that some buyers are just wowed when the see the wood mentioned in the description because if the seller mentioned it it must be good?

Thanks to the Mudcat family for any and all wisdom. (Check's indamail, Max!)

Bill D, please send me a PM. thx.

saulgoldie


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Subject: RE: Guitar: Witch Wood Wood Ewe?
From: gillymor
Date: 14 Dec 17 - 01:41 PM

One way to find out is to type the make and model# into a google search box and include "specs" or "specifications" after each entry and it yield a page that should give you all the vital statistics of your instrument.


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Subject: RE: Guitar: Witch Wood Wood Ewe?
From: Bugsy
Date: 15 Dec 17 - 05:13 AM

I attended a workshop on Guitar Wood, at a festival in Western Australia, presented by the gifted luthier Scott Wise.

I was enthralled by his use of different soundboard woods and body woods,and also his use of different bracing forms and body shapes to create different tones balances and sustain.

I left the workshop with the realisation that I know absolutely nothing about guitars apart from "I like the sound of this one for what I do"
and that to gain any Real knowledge I'd neex to go and work as an apprentice lutier.

At 69,I don't have the time or the energy.

I'M JUST


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Subject: RE: Guitar: Witch Wood Wood Ewe?
From: gillymor
Date: 15 Dec 17 - 07:29 AM

Dana Bourgeois on tonewoods, published in 1993.

For me the magic combination is Adirondack (or Red Spruce) and Mahogany.


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Subject: RE: Guitar: Witch Wood Wood Ewe?
From: GUEST,Some bloke
Date: 17 Dec 17 - 04:50 AM

The clarity of red spruce top is a joy. European spruce is slightly warmer but not as clear. I love cedar tops for mellow picking but they lack volume in some combinations.   Mahogany tops are well worth consideration, as are koa.

Dont get me started on back and sides....


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Subject: RE: Guitar: Witch Wood Wood Ewe?
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Dec 17 - 07:40 AM

My 00 custom guitar has Cocobolo back and sides (it's recently become a protected species like Brazilian Rosewood) and is amazingly resonant. When heated and bent in a press, the wood exudes a high, sticky resin content. The dust from it is toxic, so it has to be worked with care and a mask. The finished wood is quite hard and rings like iron. It's also a fantastic texture - dark and swirly.


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