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 →
All of a sudden I seem to have a wood storage issue. My new shop area is just being set up.
Last week I regretted not buying some old Martin Guitar wood that I stumbled upon at a workshop clean out. A couple emails over the week and today I got everything except a couple neatly stacked bundles of rosewood which went to a Ukelele maker. I’ll find out who got that shortly.
I just semi split it up. If its all decent, and I think most is, there is enough adirondack spruce for 15-17 full guitar tops. Probably enough mahogany for 5 to 10 backs, maybe some sides. Plenty of rosewood, maybe some guitar size. I’d be set if I wanted to try to make ukeleles or mandolins. Plus a ton of small pieces of rosewood, a bunch of cherry, a bit of curly koa and some random oak.
I think this was a score. I paid a few bucks each for the spruce and mahogany and rounded up to take everything else. Probably helped that the shelf was a complete mess and it was hard to tell what was there. Total cost for all of it would equal about 4 to 5 mid grade book matched spruce tops at current retail prices.
How do things like this fall in my lap? Sometimes I just think about something and it happens. Like the anvil I was given after I thought about trying out blacksmithing for a few months.
All the wood is sitting in the shop acclimating, I was going sticker and weight the guitar size stuff in a built in cabinet. No Idea where I’m going to put the rest, but I have some thoughts. Some of it is warped from poor storage, but I think may be able to be flattened. Any suggestions welcome.
Reproduced a couple rosewood pickup spacers for a friend who is restoring an old Harmony guitar. He stripped and refinished the guitar, complete with sunburst finish, and did a bang up job. Wish I had that kind of patience for … Continue reading →
Adventures in bridge work… Part 2. Making a new bridge out of rosewood. Made it larger to cover the glue marks from the old repair. Bridge is rough cut. Needs to be final sanded, glued on and finished. Next step… … Continue reading →