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1. Is birch acceptable in a guitar body? What does it sound like?

2. Does a Floyd Rose trem need any type of reinforcements in which it should be mounted, or is it just mounted in the wood?

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1. American Birch

Birch (Betula spp.) is composed of 30 to 50 species growing in Asia [12], North America [4] and Europe [4]. All species look alike microscopically. The word betula is the classical Latin name of birch. The important species are yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis), sweet birch (B. lenta), and paper birch (B. papyrifera). Other birches of some commercial importance are river birch (B. nigra), gray birch (B. populifolia), and western paper birch (B. papyrifera var. commutata).

Distribution: North America. Yellow birch, sweet birch, and paper birch grow principally in the Northeastern and Lake States. Yellow and sweet birch also grow along the Appalachian Mountains to northern Georgia. Paper birch is also found throughout Canada and Alaska. Yellow, sweet, and paper birch are the source of most birch lumber and veneer.

The Tree: Birches can reach a height of 70 ft (21m), with a diameter of more than 2 ft

(0.6 m).

General Wood Characteristics: The wood varies slightly among species. The wood of yellow birch and sweet birch is heavy, hard and strong, while that of paper birch is lighter, and less hard, strong and stiff. All birches have a fine, uniform texture. Paper birch is easy to work with hand tools; sweet birch and yellow birch are difficult to work with hand tools and difficult to glue, but easily machined.

Yellow birch has white sapwood and light reddish-brown heartwood. Sweet birch has

light-colored sapwood and dark brown heartwood tinged with red.

Working Properties: Working properties may vary with species. In general, birches split during nailing; if successfully nailed, they have good nail-holding properties.

2. A solid foundation in which the anchors are placed for the trem posts, also a hard foundation in which to screw the spring claw.

Sound clinical enough :D You decide B)

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