Ambrosia Flamed Maple

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Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Jose Marques » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:11 am

About different woods, or non Rosewood Classical Guitar

I decided to test some different woods, like this one and i'm working with others as well, like Walnut or Ziricote, that doesn't mean that i don work with rosewood but i wish to have my opinion and compare my instruments.

Now i'm looking to have different opinions, if someone wishes to test this guitars just contact me, you are welcome :)

I have a Rosewood guitar here to compare but you can bring your's :D

MY opinion is, yes different wood can make great classical guitar is just a question of taste or preference





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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Jose Marques » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:13 am

sorry i forgot

Specifications


- soundboard: Italian spruce

- back : Ambrosia Flamed Maple

- Double sides : Ambrosia Flamed Maple and Pear inside

- neck: Mahogany

- fingerboard: Ebony

- finish: French Polish

- tuning machines: Gotoh

- nut/saddle: Bone

- bridge: Walnut

- string length: 650mm

- nut width: 52mm

- Fingerboard width at 12th fret: 62mm
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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by dandan » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:28 am

Stunning guitar visually. How would you describe the sound?
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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Jose Marques » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:46 am

IMO is difficult to describe the sound of any guitar, i can say what i think

this guitar as a creamy sound, not as maple but maybe something between maple and rosewood

comparing with my rosewood and maple guitars i don't see a big diference, well different even 2 rosewood guitars can be.

i have done this experience, and more to come, to show that other woods can sound good and not so different like most people think.

I will try to do some video but will take some time now

like i said in the post, came and test it, have your opinion, and i'm invite luthiers and musitions , if you are a luthier and you have some questions in your mind like "it works?" came and test it, bring your guitar to compare

all are welcome to test, and if someone as guitars in different woods great lets test, listen, or even create a event just for non rosewood guitars

Ideas?
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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Robert England » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:11 pm

I have some Ambrosia Maple in stock, but I haven't built with it yet. The sides are particularly interesting. The figure is created by Ambrosia beetles that bore into the wood, hence all the holes, and infect the tree with a fungus. The density and stiffness seem to be similar to regular soft Maple.
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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Jose Marques » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:15 pm

and is very good in tone IMO ;)
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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Jeremy Clark » Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:47 pm

Gorgeous Jose!

How was it to bend? The stuff that I've seen seemed a bit "punky" in the coloured areas...
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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Jose Marques » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:49 am

thank you Jeremy

it bends like maple, I had no problem with this issue.
about the beetle holes, that is the reason that this wood has this colours, the holes must be closed, i used zpoxy with wood dust before bending with no problems at all.

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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Jose Marques » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:38 am

at this time we just recorded something very quick with cellphone but i hope to record something better soon

some people tested the guitar, more to come

until now the approach has a little , "oh lets play just to see how it sound" after :) all testers like it very mush :)

someone here wishing to test to?

:)
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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Jose Marques » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:38 am

recorded with a cellphone...
https://youtu.be/9Fmg-PANjgg
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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Jose Marques » Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:39 am


Youtube
recorded with a cellphone...
https://youtu.be/9Fmg-PANjgg[/YouTube]
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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by johnd » Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:08 pm

Looks great- sounds great!!!!

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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Pat Dodson » Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:36 pm

johnd wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:08 pm
Looks great- sounds great!!!!
+1 and if similarly priced to your other recent guitars then probably an absolute bargain.

Beautifully played too.

Good luck with the sale.

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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Justfun » Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:51 pm

Yes not much difference compared to rosewood. Also sounds new.... : )
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Re: Ambrosia Flamed Maple

Post by Jose Marques » Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:14 pm

Thank you for the feedback ;)

I just loved the sound , soon i will finish other in ziricote maibe more tests in the future with other woods lets see :)

And yes price is the same :)
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