Very helpful thanks!James Lister wrote: ↑Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:44 amYes there's a difference, but it's pretty subtle, and neither is better than the other IMO. Few (if any) listeners would be able to tell a difference in a blind test. Brazilian rosewood is harder to get (particularly quarter sawn), much more expensive, and is more prone to cracking. You're paying for the rarity, the reputation, and the difficulty of obtaining it, and exporting it, legally (see the many threads here on CITES).
For all these reasons, Indian rosewood is a far more sensible choice than Brazilian, and there are many other alternative tonewoods that are also slightly different, but neither better or worse than rosewood.
Cheers, I won't be fooled by the exclusivity of BRW.rinneby wrote: ↑Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:17 amOften, but now always, guitars with BR are more expensive, meaning over all high build quality, not just the back and sides, So that might be a confusing/misleading factor as well. But as James says, it really doesn't matter. Today, I would say Indian is the way to go.
Jeffrey Elliott mentioned African Blackwood (D. melanoxylon) and said something like "African BW relates to Brazilian RW as Brazilian relates to Indian RW" (just quoted from memory!)
Apologies if I've asked this before somewhere, but is stump wood literally wood taken from the stump of a felled tree?!
Broken record indeed. But influential. I just pulled the trigger and bought a nice Osage Orange set I found online.Alan Carruth wrote: ↑Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:44 pmI sound like a broken record by now, but if you insist that you need the sound of BRW, then the closest wood I've seen in terms of properties is Osage Orange. The Osage guitars I've made have turned out very nicely. It does not, however, look much like BRW, or smell like it, more's the pity. Osage is practically a weed where it's common, so there's not much danger of your getting stopped crossing a border with it any time soon. The color helps in that regard to
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