I recently received a shipment of amazing Lutz Spruce tops from Spruce Tonewood. This stuff is sweet. Very stiff and light, just the ticket for a super-responsive instrument. It also has a lovely, subtle curl (grain figure) running throughout the tops. This stuff is going to really shine under finish. I also got a stack of gorgeous Chocolate Cedar tops, which will make great Parlors and have a really beautiful, rich brown patina. It also smells good enough to eat.
I have a couple of ribbon-figured Koa sets left, and these are the cat’s meow. I got this wood from my good friend and luthier-Guru David Daily. Some of the boards, before I re-sawed them into sets, were marked with the purchase date – 1979! They have been curing and quietly waiting since Jimmy Carter was president to be made into your guitar. The ribbon is tight and even throughout all the wood. Definitely AAA grade stuff.
My latest Parlor is of Ziricote. It’s still curing out, but I will shortly post some photos. The back has an uncanny likeness of a face in the grain. It looks like a portrait of Treebeard from the Lord of the Rings. Or Poseidon, if you’re feeling less Middle-Earthy. This is my first enchanted guitar, and I’m treating it with great care so I don’t piss off any wood sprites. That would be a bad thing to do in my business.
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