Here is one of American Spruce & Maple made by Randy Reynolds: (Osage Orange bridge) Pictures from his website.
You mean Cherry for fingerboard? I actually have a nice hard piece with interesting figure that I want to use as a fingerboard at some point.hatalap wrote: ↑Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:05 amAndy, any idea about the cherry in #75 or #84? You know I'm a fan...Andy Culpepper wrote: ↑Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:00 pmI built one with a Black Walnut neck and Hickory fingerboard. I also have two large logs of Persimmon wood (technically an Ebony) that are about two years old now and are waiting to eventually be sawn into fingerboards so I think that would work nicely.
So that's what it's really called! There was a lot of it in our woods growing up in Connecticut. We called it "iron wood". It is indeed very, very hard to saw through. We used it for key structural parts of tree forts.Alan Carruth wrote: ↑Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:17 pm
Two other NA woods I've used for fingerboards are American hornbeam (Ostyra virginiana) and soft shell almond (I don't know the botanical on that). Hornbeam is a local native, and is the hardest and densest local wood. It's also called 'lever wood', and 'muscle wood', both of which refer to it's growth habit. These are small understory trees, somewhat resembling beech, but the trunks look corded, as if they were emulating comic book super heros. The wood has strongly interlocked grain, which helps it resist splitting, and that's why it was sought after for use as tool handles and levers. When properly seasoned and well quartered it makes a very nice fingerboard. As it is white to light brown I normally stain it, and the fancy grain makes it interesting. I need to run some tests on the mechanical properties.
Here is a guitar I made from Southeastern red cedar that I cut down about 40 years ago.
Yes, it has a wonderful aroma.
Thanks. Here is the top of local sugar pine. This guitar was inspired by fellow member glassynails when he asked about guitars made of pine. I hadn't tried it yet. My late good friend and neighbor cut this tree down about 10 years ago. He was going to use it for decking and brought some over for me to plane. I tapped on a piece of cut off and it rang like a bell.