Help me pick the top for my new guitar

Re: Help me pick the top for my new guitar

Postby jdsmodulus » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:41 pm

Enough with the "Jerry Face" and dancing bear stuff, really Vic. Just go with what you want, obviously its that one. Im sure the guitar will be cool.
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Re: Help me pick the top for my new guitar

Postby NashvilleMike » Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:59 am

I have an end table made from a piece of redwood burl. I always though it would have made a nice body but it's only 1" thick. Just to give you more to think about Vic.
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Re: Help me pick the top for my new guitar

Postby Griz » Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:28 am

Vic,

My vote - The spalted maple - it is a truly unique piece, especially with the flamed edges....

Only thing with spalt is that it can be soft in areas, and tear out easily when working it.
With Scott doing the build this should be minimized.
I have no doubt that you respect your equipment and this shouldnt be an issue in the long run.
With the harder wood around the edges, it shouldn't ding as easily.

The maple, while a beautiful piece, has been done.

The resulting tone shouldn't be an issue, since you have the PhD in tweakology with the Axe rig.
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Re: Help me pick the top for my new guitar

Postby broesau » Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:39 am

My vote is for the redwood. You hardly ever see one and I think the spalted is just too busy.
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Re: Help me pick the top for my new guitar

Postby SarnoMusicSolutions » Sun Feb 07, 2010 9:14 am

Tone is what matters over appearance. That's why I vote for a maple top. Redwood may sound weird as a top wood. Great to look at though!


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Re: Help me pick the top for my new guitar

Postby Jon S. » Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:02 am

That splated maple top is stunning. Truly one of a kind. If you don't use it, sell it to me.
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Re: Help me pick the top for my new guitar

Postby jackr » Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:05 pm

SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:Tone is what matters over appearance. That's why I vote for a maple top. Redwood may sound weird as a top wood. Great to look at though!


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Redwood is a great top tonally. It sounds a lot like maple but a bit warmer and more resonant. If you see the guitar in this thread I sold had a fantastic tone.

Here is a nice summary of tonewoods I found online a while back

http://www.bothner.co.za/articles/bodywoods.shtml
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Re: Help me pick the top for my new guitar

Postby SarnoMusicSolutions » Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:10 pm

That's cool to know. I had a redwood back maple top guitar. The redwood seemed VERY lightweight and airy, and just didn't seem to me that it would be a dense enough top wood and may sound too mellow or unfocused in the treble. But I trust your opinion. I was just guessing based on the guitar I had.

The burled redwood was one of the most beautiful woods I've seen.

Check this out. It clearly backs up what you say:

http://www.imagineguitars.com/guitars/n ... oodash.htm


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