Luthier Exotic Wood

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Violin Luthier exotic wood?

I started playing the violin again and I just ask you some questions about a violin luthier for the future. While I'm sure you can not afford to order a custom now, I would put a very good later when you can really appreciate. I wonder, is it possible to make a violin with the back and African black wood side table with a cedar? And if so, which was a pleasant sound quality? And finally, How can the cost of doing? Conventional amazing guitarists I have seen with their guitars made in this way, but I do not know if it's something that works well for a violin.

There are a variety wood that are known for manufacturing quality instruments. These forests are called "tone wood", as they are very good to achieve vibration. The most commonly used wood for stringed instruments are firs, cedars and maples. Sometimes you see mahogany, rosewood and koa. I have not seen all stringed instruments comprising mpingo (African Blackwood) if you have many characteristics of a wood tone which in theory could work. custom tools can be very costly, especially if you are looking for exotic materials. Mpingo is currently about $ 50/board foot, if you're picky about making sure you have quality wood that is free from defects and suitable for violin foor price could double. You could spend about 500-1000 on materials alone, before enter the cost of developing the instrument. When she is, most high sound quality, side and rear could be made of wood without any number have a significant effect on sound quality. Acoustics of the most important contribution of the back and sides is the creation of a specific geometry within the instrument.

African Timbers - an exotic touch at Ellis Guitars

African Rosewood, also known as Bubinga, comes from the Ivory Coast, Gabon and Cameroon. Bubinga is bright and rich, with great variability in the color pink, orange, red and dark brown. The heart wood can be pink, veined red-purple and darker stripes of purple. African rosewood grain has a lock, it is harder and heavier than rosewood, and the texture moderately fine. Bubinga shares rose mallow is oxidized to a reddish brown color over time. African Rosewood can be plain or mottled. There are pictures of a guitar club African classical pink with steel strings on the site Many species of African mahogany. The one used in the manufacture of the acoustic guitar is known as Khaya mahogany. Khaya Mahogany is found in tropical Africa and Madagascar. Khaya Mahogany is light pink to medium brown to reddish brown. Khaya Mahogany is higher Sapele Mahogany force other African mahogany used in the construction of the acoustic guitar. It has a moderately coarse texture that sometimes intermingled sometimes straight. Crisscross produces a striped figure on quarter in the surfaces (the best for guitars). Like most Mahogany species Khaya Mahogany guitars are warm and clear with good balance. Mahogany Sapele Mahogany family of luthiers. Sapele is found in West Africa, Central and tropical forests of Africa, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Uganda, Zaire and Tanzania. heartwood mahogany Sapele sap Salmon pink and pale yellow. Rosewood to red Brown may change with age. In Sapele Mahogany wood has a texture close-grained locking with the changes of direction and can be trimmed regularly. You can also have irregular pores, interspersed with bands of small pores. produces intense or curly fiddleback figures spotted making look very 3D. Sapele Tonewood is heavier than mahogany mahogany other African countries, but not so strong. Ovangkol is relatively new to the construction the acoustic guitar. Guibourtia ehie, also known as Mozambique, Shedu, Amazoue Amazakoue and is in West Africa, Ivory Coast, Ghana, South Nigeria and Gabon. Ovangkol heartwood is yellow brown to dark chocolate brown with black stripes, gray. Ovangkol woodgrain is locked and the texture is quite coarse. Sonically, the back and sides rosewood is between Ovangkol strong and maple top. Padouk is a colored timber also known as Pterocarpus soyauxii, MBE, Mbila, Mutua, angles and Bosulu. Padauk or Rosewood is located in the center and tropical West Africa, extending from south-western Nigeria to Zaire. The wood is bright orange or purple, almost like a guitar Tonewood has good straight grain, slightly harder and heavier than Indian Rosewood, with fine to medium texture. Padouk timber oxidizes to a dark, purplish brown over time. Padauk guitars have a strong tone. Wenge is a deep chocolate brown wood is in Zaire, Cameroon and Gabon, Africa. Millettia laurentii Tonewood is brown with fine black streaks regularly spaced dark and light brown bands. Back Acoustic Guitar wenge wood and has a tight grain right, width and thick texture. Wenge Tonewood guitar is heavier than East Indian rosewood and like most guitars in African wenge wood has a strong pleasant. Zebrawood is named bands is intense. Microberlinia brazzavillensis are in Africa, Gabon and Cameroon. Zebrano Wood is uniformly bright brown striped suit, yellow and dark brown. The wood has a coarse texture of very thick, and is similar to the density of East Indian rosewood. Tonale zebrawood has the same resonance as Rosewood India. The cream of African timber for the construction of the acoustic guitar is African Blackwood which is actually a rosewood. Dalbergia melanoxylon is reddish-brown to black dark black stripes. Wood African Blackwood is a fine grain and polishes well and is said by some to be better than rosewood. Blackwood Tonewood Africa has an excellent response, and Tapton is fantastic.

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Andrew Ellis is the Head Luthier at Ellis Guitars, Perth, Western Australia. Ellis Guitars make fine handcrafted acoustic guitars and the Ellis Acoustic Stompbox. Website -


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