I need to do more research into the 3 spruces but yes, that's an avenue I'd like to explore. As for the persimmon, I know the location of some larger trees, have the ability, and permission to cut them down. My game plan needs to be more solid before I break out the saw though. What I'd like to do is send the luthier some samples from different species to see what he thinks.basso1956 wrote: ↑Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:42 pmYou'd think one of those spruces might work for a top.
At least one luthier here thinks well of black locust for back and sides. Maple could be used for that as well. Maybe cherry too.
Maybe walnut, maple, or cherry could work for the neck.
The fingerboard might be the hardest (no pun intended) thing to source locally. Do you get any eastern/American persimmon there?
That's what I was thinking too. The whole place is filled with trees, hence the name of the state (and William Penn). Also, thank you for your very detailed response. It's nice to know I can come here for advice. Don't want to screw anything up with >5K on the line.Alan Carruth wrote: ↑Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:09 pmRemember that early on most musical instruments were made of 'local' woods; imported 'exotics' only became common with the expansion of trade, and started out as 'prestige' items that were more for show than sound. You have some of the best lutherie wood around right in your back yard.
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