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Choosing The Right Wood


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I cant see why you cant use it and it must be hard wearing if they use it for decks on boats. I have an off cut I will use for an acoustic bridge in the future.

People tend to get hung up about using the traditional woods but I have used Pacific Rosewood for a fingerboard on an acoustic and Kwila for the body of a Les Paul Junior. I actually really like the combination of Kwila body and Sapelle neck. Gives a nice bright sound.

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Ever tapped teak? It's heavy, very tough on tools, difficult to varnish/paint because of the oils in there, and really not particularly resonant. Add price (expensive, even plantation grown stuff), and you're looking at a decidedly less than ideal wood to be turning into an instrument.

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Sorry to tell you but that gets done on a regular basis... I've used acrylic many a time in my shop!

Teak isn't used alot because it generally doesn't have a grain pattern that most people find interesting. However, that link listed above is an exception to that.

I built a great guitar out of black walnut and when I presented to its new owner an onlooker said, "that looks like my kitchen cabinets" so it would seem that the beauty of wood is subject to the person looking at it.

other than being a pain to work it, it will work for you so if you have some nice teak, use it up! If you don't like the way it sounds you can always use it for a boat oar :D

I'd stay as far away from Gorilla glue as you can but that debate has been gone over and over on this site!

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I cant see why you cant use it and it must be hard wearing if they use it for decks on boats. I have an off cut I will use for an acoustic bridge in the future.

People tend to get hung up about using the traditional woods but I have used Pacific Rosewood for a fingerboard on an acoustic and Kwila for the body of a Les Paul Junior. I actually really like the combination of Kwila body and Sapelle neck. Gives a nice bright sound.

what's Kwila, and Pacific Rosewood. I've never heard of these before. Do you have any links to examples of work with these?

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