Walnut back and sides

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Walnut back and sides

Post by bobbyboy » Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:10 am

Is it worth buying a guitar with walnut b/s.
How woukd you says it sounds. If Indidn't like it, can I sell it fairy easy. It'
was made on 2000 by a respectable builder I would rather not name.

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Re: Walnut back and sides

Post by souldier » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:20 pm

It's important to remember that the species of wood used for the back and sides is a small piece of the puzzle. Quite hard to say how walnut sounds, but can certainly sound just as good as other typical woods like IRW if used by a skilled luthier. My question is are you able to try the guitar or have you played any guitars by this particular builder? If you can try in person, then I'd definitely just forget about what woods it is made from and assess the guitar based on sound/playability.

In terms of resale value, because walnut isn't as popular, you might lose some potential buyers... but if it is made by a well known luthier then I wouldn't worry too much. Depends how much you are buying the guitar for and how much you're willing to resell it for.
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Re: Walnut back and sides

Post by David Norton » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:58 pm

I've had a couple of walnut guitars, they were (are) very good instruments.

It's the builder's skill that matters more than anything else.

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Re: Walnut back and sides

Post by pogmoor » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:08 pm

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Re: Walnut back and sides

Post by Keith » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:44 am

hold the luthiers' skills constant and use wood species as the variable being tested and rosewood is probably a better bet for sound and re-sale value.
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Re: Walnut back and sides

Post by Arduous » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:56 am

bobbyboy wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:10 am

Is it worth buying a guitar with walnut b/s.

Does it sound good, play good, have good intonation, well balanced?

If yes, then it's worth it, buy it.
If no, then it's not worth it, don't buy it.

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Re: Walnut back and sides

Post by James Lister » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:41 am

Walnut can be an excellent tonewood. The back and sides only have a very small effect on tone, but for what it's worth, I usually say it is acoustically very similar to maple. The only problem is that it might be slightly harder to sell than rosewood.

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Re: Walnut back and sides

Post by bellemeade » Thu Jan 17, 2019 2:38 pm

I own a walnut guitar made by Jose Rodriguez Pena, a very fine luthier of the Granada / Cordoba school. The walnut is transparent, clear but also very sweet.

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Re: Walnut back and sides

Post by simonm » Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:26 pm

I am biased as walnut and cypress are my two favorite woods.

For holding value the luthier is likely the key point as some people will reckon if the well-known luthier they are interested in, uses the wood, then it must be good. The kind of market that things in terms of luthier names, probably isn't going to be put off just because the wood is not rosewood. Last year I used only walnut and cypress. (2 of each). This year I have no idea how many I will be able to do, but apart from one mahogany, the rest will be walnut or cypress unless I get adventurous and try some cherry I have.

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