Wood sets

This is a 4-piece back set of Brazilian Tulipwood, a true rosewood. The tree is very small so guitars made from it are extremely rare. I made this set by resawing several unusually large nicely quartersawn planks originally intended for bass guitar fingerboards. It has a soapy plesant smell very similar to Kingwood, another scarce Brazilian rosewood. I intend to build a flamenco guitar with this set, using a Lawson Cypress soundboard (better known as Port Orford Cedar)

Now a closeup of the top. It looks a lot like spruce except that is has the yellowish tint characteristic to cypress wood. The grain is extremely fine and the tree must have been many many hundreds of years old. This set was cut from reclaimed logs, forest bed leftovers from ancient logging. Most of the old growth trees have been cut in the early 20th Century. Port Orford cedar is the largest growing cypress tree, closely related to the Japanese Hinoki, and only grows in a very small region in Oregon and northern California. I don’t think any of the old forests are still standing, all you can find on the Internet is a very very old photo…Human greed hits again.

1911 Port Orford cedar trees

1911 Port Orford cedar trees


This is a very unusual extremely dark Madagascar rosewood set. It is fully quartersawn, shows a lot of fine black grain lines and has a tremendous glassy taptone. The sides are from another tree of a lighter color but similar grain, the match is OK. I had to buy several different sets until I found a decent match. This is set aside for my “dream guitar”.


Nicely figured Madagascar rosewood set. Strong glassy taptone. 4 piece back. Sides nicely quartersawn.


This is a very nice fully quartersawn Amazon Rosewood set. The back is 4 pieces. It is logged in Brazil and looks very similar to the Rio rosewood, except that it is heavier and lacks the strong smell.


Unusual reddish purple Indian Rosewood set.

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