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Soundbaord wood question about pitch (wood resin)

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Hi all,

Do any of you have tips/information about how to deal with soundboard wood that has streaks of pitch on the surface?

I received a set of P.O.Cedar to use for the top of my SM 000 kit guitar, and it has quite a few streaks of sticky pitch on the surfaces.

1. Is this common, and should I have expected this possibility?

2. If it is common how would I deal with it, or should I even try to?

I have not been able to find any discussions about this issue, so I'm hoping someone here can help me out.

It was rather pricey, and I don't know how to go about working with it.

Thanks. JC

Apr 19, 10 | 6:34 pm
Ken Hundley

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Try acetone, or another solvent to remove the pitch. Let it sit for a bit and see if more oozes out. Are these actual pitch pockets, or just sticky residue? I have had pitch pockets that I have had to be very strategic with...they are empty of the pitch, but still leave a cavity. They are seldome deeper than 1/8", so when I am thickness sanding 1/4" stock, I may decide which side gets thicknessed based on the pocket. It may distort the bookmatch a little this way, but I'm no pro, and its a more efficient use of wood others might not use.

If it is just a residue, again...try using a solvent to wipe it off.

Apr 20, 10 | 10:04 am
Ken Cierp

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If this is supposed to be a high quality top and there are pitch "pockets" --- that's a defect found on "B" quality Cedar soundboards. It should be replaced.


Kenneth Michael Guitars est. 1978

Apr 20, 10 | 5:13 pm
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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Contact your supplier for a return. Do not apply anything to it until you hear from them> SM is a good company and will most likely replace it

John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc.
Authorized CF Martin Repair Center
Member Board of Directors ASIA

Apr 23, 10 | 8:48 am

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Thanks for the feedback. I called today for a replacement, and there will be no problem. Couldn't have went better on the phone, and should be quickly resolved.

Thanks again. JC

Apr 26, 10 | 6:05 pm

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