Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

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Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by johnparchem » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:39 pm

I just strung up this guitar today. I am letting it settle in, but it sounds like it is going to be a good sounding guitar. The top is pitched at 191 Hz right now. After the guitar settles in and I have it setup the way I want it I will see if I want to do any modal tuning. As this one's for me it kept be pushed to the back burner for other commissioned projects.

The color is pretty true in the last picture of the body. I was afraid of the osage orange color. Before finishing the instrument I put it out in the sun for a couple of days. I like the warm Brown\Orange it is now. From what I have heard it will continue to darken. I still am on the fence on liking the color combination between the top and the sides. As the Osage orange darkens I am feeling better. And in light that does not pull out the red of the top it looks great. Like the picture of the guitar lying on its back.

Top: Western Red Cedar
Back and Sides: Osage Orange
Bindings and headstock veneer Brazilian Rosewood.
Rosette is a amboyna burl ring with rope purflings
Traditional Shellac French Polish on top of a Silvertip Epoxy pore fill.
Spanish heel constructed on my solera Hauser 37 body size
650 Scale
This is one braced with falcate braces and no lower transverse bar.

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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by Matthew Masail » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:10 pm

Congrats! The last picture looks almost a little golden brown to me, the silking and grain pattern are really nice.

Interesting headstock too....

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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by bacsidoan » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:46 pm

Very nice. It is very difficult to find osage orange boards big enough to build a two-piece back. Congrats!

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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by Chris Sobel » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:40 pm

Hi John,

This looks great; do you have a pic you can post of the rosette? It looks gorgeous but the sneak peak isn’t enough to satisfy haha...

Chris
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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by johnparchem » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:12 pm

Thanks guys,

The back center strip gave me just enough wood to make the two piece back, Chris here is a picture of the rosette. It was book match amboyna burl and some Gerian robe binding and some black fiber\maple purflings.
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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by Kintla » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:13 am

Personally I think the Osage Orange looks great. I might consider changing the neck to Mahagony on future models, the light color seems at odds with the back and sides, but just my opinion.

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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by Stephen Faulk » Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:18 am

Very beautiful, natural color is juicy.

I’ve always wanted to build with Osage Orange but could get my hands on a set. I’ve never lived where it’s common.
Patience at the bending iron pays in rounded dividends!

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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by bacsidoan » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:17 am

Stephen Faulk wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:18 am
Very beautiful, natural color is juicy.

I’ve always wanted to build with Osage Orange but could get my hands on a set. I’ve never lived where it’s common.
Visit Ohio. The tree is everywhere.
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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by montana » Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:51 am

Love the rosette

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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by Stephen Faulk » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:15 pm

bacsidoan wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:17 am
Stephen Faulk wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:18 am
Very beautiful, natural color is juicy.

I’ve always wanted to build with Osage Orange but could get my hands on a set. I’ve never lived where it’s common.
Visit Ohio. The tree is everywhere.

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Ohio, Ohio.....umm sounds vaugley like something I’ve flown over before, but can’t quite place it.

If there’s a dealer who is reputable that sells OO sets I’d love to know
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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by johnparchem » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:41 pm

Kintla wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:13 am
Personally I think the Osage Orange looks great. I might consider changing the neck to Mahagony on future models, the light color seems at odds with the back and sides, but just my opinion.
Thanks, No disagreement from me, I considered some mahogany stain for the neck, but stayed natural. I also think spruce would look better than the western red cedar in certain light the red really shows in the top and clashes with the burnt oranges in the sides. I am sort of getting used to it so my judgement is getting clouded.

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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by johnparchem » Mon Apr 15, 2019 2:56 pm

Stephen Faulk wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:18 am
Very beautiful, natural color is juicy.

I’ve always wanted to build with Osage Orange but could get my hands on a set. I’ve never lived where it’s common.
I got my sets from RC tonewood, but they do not currently have sets. I was interested in https://osageorangewood.com/guitar-sets. From his web site Zebulon Turrentine is a classical builder. I have not ordered from him but the sets looked nice.

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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by johnparchem » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:23 pm

For those interested here is the spectrum graph and the bracing

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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by Ceciltguitar » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:35 pm

Ralph Dammann in Virginia sometimes uses osage orange wood in building guitars and mandocellos. His web page can be found by googling mandocello.org. His web site states that osage orange has tonal qualities similar to Brazilian rosewood.

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Re: Strung up WRC\Osage Orange Classical guitar today

Post by Ceciltguitar » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:36 pm

Your new osage orange guitar looks quite beautiful - congratulations!

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