Sure, I can't argue against a personal preference for that wood--I'm sure it would be special considering the trees on your property. Perhaps you could get some sets out of one?mmapag wrote:Chris,Chris Sobel wrote:Yes, but the Hausers were built with Brazilian or Indian rosewood for the most part. I'm just saying if I were a buyer looking for a 37 Hauser I would probably not pull the trigger on a walnut guitar if I were just browsing the Internet. I would have to play it. That's all.Lovemyguitar wrote: I would say the opposite! To me, a Hauser has an understated aesthetic: building one with highly figured or otherwise visually unusual wood just seems wrong, somehow, especially if the idea is to "copy" that particular 1937 model. Of course, if that is what a person wants, they can commission whatever they like, but if you are building one for no-one in particular, the more traditional, the better, I should think.
The OP specifically asked "as a prospective buyer", not as a "builder". I would build with walnut for sure. It just wouldn't be my go to if I were in the market.
Over the next 10 or 20 years, I believe our world will change in regard to woods. It is already happening with the growing list of Cites restricted woods. I am in favor of any wood that is more available and less likely to be restricted. Much of the recent research indicates, there is only incidental differences in tone between most back and side woods and Walnut has some nice tonal properties. I'm not a luthier looking to make a guitar sellable. So, I get to choose my preference just based on what I think I'd like. Also, I have Black Walnut on my property and I like them. For me, it would be a personal connection. FWIW
I would like to challenge you however on the statement stating that most of the recent research indicates there are only incidental differences in back and sides woods. Which research are you thinking of? If it's the Leonardo project, that is in fact not the conclusion that the research indicated. It simply showed that versus Indian rosewood, a group of listeners did not have a preference of one guitar over the other. That's a very different conclusion than the conclusion that there are minimal tonal differences between back and sides woods.