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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 12:23 pm 
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Good comparison photos.

Here are two Englemann spruce tops with a wash coat of shellac.

The lighter one is a standard top from LMI purchased in the late 70's but only recently sanded.

The darker one is a new torrefied top from RC Tonewoods.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2020 8:03 pm 
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there are so many doing this now . it is hard to know who has the process well down

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Is the purpose to put a stiffer soundboard on the treble side? Isn't that something that could be better regulated with varying the bracing?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2020 5:04 pm 
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JLT wrote:
Is the purpose to put a stiffer soundboard on the treble side? Isn't that something that could be better regulated with varying the bracing?


I'll let the experts speak on brace design. I just wanted to try it out to compare it to some Englemann tops I had. I sure like the browned appearance which is not just surface but the entire plate changes. It looks, feels, and smells older and dustier. It has more irritating sawdust and seem to just want to crack, especially the torrefied braces. I've only done one so I'm not a good source of info here. I'm closing up this body today but overall I liked working with it.

update: a couple weeks later my basement shop still smells like torrefied sawdust. Not totally unpleasant I think I can assume the guitar will smell like this for a good long while out of the sound hole.


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