Stephen Faulk wrote:
You gonna drink that coffee? Cause if not I will.
I have a pine back and sides set saved to make an evil guitar for blind tests. I want to ask payers to see if it sounds good without knowing what is is before hand. Probably just help me make more enemies.
Sorry, I needed that coffee to get the rosette done.
But if you're ever in SW Oregon drop me a line and stop in for a cup. Cafe Mam. French roast.
Here's the caffeinated result. With some local western broad leaf maple that I'll use for the back and sides.
Brian M wrote: Michael.N. wrote:
Bouchet's very first guitar had a pine soundboard. It does seem to sound a little different but not in a bad way. I quite like the sound of it. Visually the soundboard certainly has the look of pine, wide grain. What we would call a grade C soundboard. Tonewood dealers stop at grade B.
http://www.guitarsalon.com/store/p4893- ... uchet.html
Yowza, that guitar sounds sweet, especially for someone's very first guitar. I think this Bouchet guy's got potential. And the visual appearance of the top wood doesn't bother me even a tiny bit.
Sweet sound, indeed! Just what I have in mind.
Some observations regarding the wood:
After bookmatching it lays FLAT.
It planes nicely, with a smooth resulting surface. Any raised edges left by the plane blade are harder to sand out than would be in cedar or spruce - it seems to have a natural abrasion resistance and clogs sandpaper more than the others.
Unlike cedar or spruce it has open pores in the surface and will need to be filled prior to the finish.
I used an up cutting spiral router bit on a dremel tool to cut the rosette channel. This gave a clean cut, whereas with spruce or cedar, I'll use a circle cutter to scribe the inner and outer edges to prevent tearout.
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