Sparky Posted October 3, 2005 Report Share Posted October 3, 2005 (edited) I finally purchased the top wood for my second guitar. I purchased from the ebay seller "buzzaw-international". I thought I got a good deal on a 7/8" thick piece of quilted maple. It isn't wide enough for a strat and is just barley big enough for a les paul, but my guitar is just smaller than a les paul so I thought I would be fine. Turns out there is a big strip of bark on the back edge of one side. The auction made no mention of the fact and had no picture of the back. I dont care if there is a knot or something on the back, but this severly impacts the usability of the wood. Anyway, I am asking for a bit of advice. I feel I got a good deal assuming there was no bark (payed about $120 shipped) and the top looks great, but should I cut some corners and cross my fingers in the hope that it works? Here is a link to the auction description: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1 Here are pictures of the wood (that I took) complete with an outline of my guitar..there are several fairly large pictures, it may take a few seconds to load: http://students.washington.edu/naf/wood/wood.html As you can see there is still one or two small pockets on the left edge that would include some of this bad wood. However, I think my binding will cover this up if I put it on the bottom edge of the top. This will be a carve top. I didn't want a 7/8" carve in the first place (0.5-0.75" is what I was shooting for). This also throws the centerline of the guitar about 1/8" off center of the wood's centerline. Do you think this will be noticable? Should I just try to return the wood and buy elsewhere? I have sent the seller an email noting my dissatisfaction and that I believe the auction description deliberatley left out comments about the back side of the wood. Any help would be appreciated. Edited October 3, 2005 by Sparky Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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