Keith wrote:a good resource-- especially the fluorescent method.
http://www.wood-database.com/wood-artic ... rosewoods/
JohnEdwin wrote:...how can I tell the source of the rosewood just from visual inspection? Thank you.
attila57 wrote:JohnEdwin wrote:...how can I tell the source of the rosewood just from visual inspection? Thank you.
Books and guides are OK, but some experience comes handy, too. If you have ever seen (and worked with) Brazilian RW, you are likely to remember its look, scent and feel all your life.
Its brick-like colour, wild, figured grain and heavy, sweet scent are unmistakable.
Eric Reid wrote:
I'll disagree. I've worked with hundreds of sets of Brazilian. "Wild, figured grain" may describe a lot of what's available today. The gold standard is the ruler-straight grain that you see on older guitars (and still--very rarely--today). "Brick-like colour" is common, as is chocolate, nearly black, grey-brown, and yellow-orange. I'll agree that the "heavy, sweet scent" of rosewoods is unmistakable, but close your eyes, and distinguish cocobolo from Amazon rosewood, from Brazilian rosewood, from Mexican kingwood? Good luck with that.
Here's an interesting article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2794071/ . I had thought that UV light was the final test. I gather that there isn't one.
JohnEdwin wrote:It was suggested that submit photos of the 1966 Jose Mercado to show the rosewood in question.
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