I am planning to build a guitar, purely for my own satisfaction, from local wood that I have a connection with. It will be based somewhat on a guitar with a most beautiful body shape, the 1825 "Aine" by Pons. The back will be a five piece, and the sides each from two strips of wood. So, all narrow strips, easy for me to cut on my 10" circular saw.
For the back, sides, neck and head I am going to use European Ash, from a very straight modest sized tree I cut down in a friend's wood a couple of years ago. ( The original plan was to make some wooden bows from this tree until I split it in half and saw a guitar body in there...)
For the fingerboard, bridge, bindings, dark strips between the back slats and pegs I'm going to use Laburnum, a dense heavy wood with a lovely rich dark brown colour. It came from a garden in a nearby village.
So far, so good. But what about the soundboard wood? I live close to extensive Forestry Commission softwood plantations, so wouldn't have any trouble getting hold of a nice softwood log. But we are not very high up here in North Yorkshire, so anything grown locally would be rather wide in the grain. Should I simply get hold of the best I can and give it a go? Or should I duck the problem and use a nice piece of Alpine spruce that I've had lying around from when I used to make lutes?
I would be interested in your advice on this.