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 Post subject: Wood suggestion?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:04 pm 
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I've been given some sinker cypress, cut 500 years ago.

What would you use for the top? I'm thinking sitka spruce.


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 Post subject: Re: Wood suggestion?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 7:27 am 
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If you have enough, why not use the Cypress for the whole body? Some species of cypress are regularly used in classical this way.

This is my all-cypress (Alaskan Yellow Cedar) steel string guitar - sounds very bright:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ruby1638/30816154577/in/album-72157688488198220/

click left and right

Ed


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 Post subject: Re: Wood suggestion?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:17 am 
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Your guitar is lovely Ed. But, there isn't enough wood.


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 Post subject: Re: Wood suggestion?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 2:21 pm 
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I might go with some thing darker then, like cedar.

Ed


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 Post subject: Re: Wood suggestion?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:44 pm 
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Thanks Ed!


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 Post subject: Re: Wood suggestion?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:38 am 
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What size you making?

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 Post subject: Re: Wood suggestion?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 11:30 am 
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I'm making an OM.


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 Post subject: Re: Wood suggestion?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 5:41 pm 
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my favorite is red spruce or Carp not a cedar fan but many are. Use what you like and let us know what you ended up with. I had one one with the PRS bracing and was intrigued by it.
they use X braces and then 5 fans off the bridge plate in place of tone bars. They were 1/4 by 1/4

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 Post subject: Re: Wood suggestion?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:07 pm 
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tippie53 wrote:
my favorite is red spruce or Carp not a cedar fan but many are. Use what you like and let us know what you ended up with. I had one one with the PRS bracing and was intrigued by it.
they use X braces and then 5 fans off the bridge plate in place of tone bars. They were 1/4 by 1/4

Thanks John. I was thinking of carpathian as well as the sitka.


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