The tops for the Gibson build arrived. I got three sets of Lutz spruce for these, though I will only use two. This comes from British Columbia. The supplier I bought from gives a name to all the trees that he cuts from and each tree has different qualities. This one is called “palladium”, some is on the redder side in color. This is fairly fresh, and even thought they are 3/16″ thick, I’ll have to dry them in the oven. Cooking at 200 degrees for about an hour simulates years of aging and is a common technique.
To make the shipping worthwhile I added some very nice choco-cedar tops to my order. Not sure what I’ll make with these but I’ll hold on to them. They are really high grade tops and I got them for a great price.
Under all the tops is spruce billets for bracing. This is lutz spruce as well. Supposedly the sapwood makes the strongest braces, that’s why you see the bark on them.
I’m super excited about this stuff, minus the Martin stuff I stumbled on, this is my first purchase of fine tonewood. Now I need to make more shelving in the shop. I plan on keeping all the tops in there.
A bit more on guitar stuff… Visited Martin Guitar the other day. I’ve lived about an hour away for almost my whole life, and I finally made it there for a tour. It was impressive. Very automated. I think the … Continue reading →
This weeks bounty… part 2, the rest of the haul. This is the rest of the Martin Guitar wood, plus whatever else was there. Lots of rosewood. May be some guitar size, but a lot of it is smaller. There … Continue reading →
Well, here is my guitar wood bounty… Part 1. Old Martin Guitar wood from a local shop clean out. This is most of the guitar size wood I picked up. 34 Adirondack spruce tops. A fair amount of mahogany, some … Continue reading →
Went to a friend’s neighbors today because they were selling the contents of her father’s wood shop. Thought I was in for some cool tools. There were nice tools, but nothing special, and they researched well and prices were a bit high for the things that I didn’t already have.
They had his wood storage room appraised and wanted a few thousand for it, which may have been worth it to someone who builds and sells furniture. But I noticed a shelf off to the side stacked with thin pieces. I asked about it and they said “oh, they came from the Martin Guitar factory”. I guess he knew someone who worked there and they appear to be seconds.
To make my long story short, she had no idea what to ask for them. I’m a horrible shopper and certainly bad at making an offer on something like that. I was a bit overwhelmed. So I only left with a pair of 8.25” x 21.5” spruce top boards and a two pair of sides (not sure on the wood) for a few bucks to take home and research. They may be seconds to Martin, but 75% would probably work for me. There were probably 60 or so spruce tops (8.25” x 21.5”), some full mahogany backs, and a stack of exotics which were a bit narrow at 6” wide x 21.5” long, all about 1/8” thick. Plus tons of random sizes and species.
I feel like a dumb ass right after I left. I emailed to see if I could pick up more next week and to see what she would want for the entire shelf. We will see.