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Re: Who sells Martin style necks? (reply)
Just call Martin's Guitar Maker's Connection and they'll set you up. The number is on Martin's website.
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Leftyprs

03/29/15 2:40 AM
Re: Red spruce top question (reply)
Wow John, its surprising to see a pre war martin with wood grain that far off the quarter, is this something you see alot on vintage martins? Does it mellow out the sound when its that far off quarter, and make the top more flexible?
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Martingreats

03/29/15 2:30 AM
Re: Red spruce top question (reply)
Off-quarter grain (slanting grain through the board) is different from runout. You can have perfectly vertical grain with runout, or slanted grain with no runout.An example is my '37 D-28, which has grain that slants about 45 degrees at...
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Arnoldgtr

03/29/15 2:05 AM
Re: Red spruce top question (reply)
John Arnold has an extremely nice looking pre-war bone that has runout, as a matter of fact he once posted a pic of the center seam looking towards the bridge and you can actually see how much the grain 'leans' to one side.I'd love to...
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Delmar

03/29/15 12:37 AM
Re: Red spruce top question (reply)
Thanks again John.
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Mister Shakey

03/28/15 9:53 PM
Re: Top grain on a D18-GE (reply)
There are several factors which determine the growth rate of red spruce. Water, soil, and sunlight are the main factors, with damage from fire or insects as secondary factors....... Thanks for your knowledge John. It couldn't have been...
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Mister Shakey

03/28/15 9:42 PM
Re: Do acoustic guitar people like wood in general? (reply)
I just like wood. I'm a Horticulturist by trade. I have a collection of about 60 different woods that I've taken 6" slices of. Domestic and exotic species. I like to look at how the different trees are different. Living in Wisconsin and...
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Mister Shakey

03/28/15 9:19 PM
Re: Do acoustic guitar people like wood in general? (reply)
I am also a volunteer carpenter on a tall ship - 350 tons of Purpleheart, Jatoba, Douglas Fir, and Sitka Spruce.  One of the Sitka spars is 52 feet long and 20" in diameter.  When I climb on it, I am always thinking about how many tops I...
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ruby50

03/28/15 5:19 PM
Re: Top grain on a D18-GE (reply)
0021fan wrote:Example of what John is talking about re: tight/wide/tight ... fairly dramatically illustrated:That is exactly what I was talking aout in the OP, this looks similar to mine, especially the edges. By the way, it sounds great.
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Jim Lewis

03/28/15 12:50 PM
Re: Top grain on a D18-GE (reply)
John, my exposure is limited but I've noticed that many of the Euro/Alpine tops I've saw (mine included) have all had alternating bands of tight/wide grain across the top, is this a universal characteristic of Euro or just of the tops...
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Delmar

03/28/15 12:41 AM
Re: Top grain on a D18-GE (reply)
The outer edges of the guitar in 0021fan's photo is the heart of the tree, which is old growth. If you count the rings from the bark back to that point (and know the year the tree was cut), you can interpolate when the logging took...
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Arnoldgtr

03/27/15 9:46 PM
Re: Top grain on a D18-GE (reply)
Example of what John is talking about re: tight/wide/tight ... fairly dramatically illustrated:
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0021fan

03/27/15 8:28 PM
Re: Top grain on a D18-GE (reply)
There are several factors which determine the growth rate of red spruce. Water, soil, and sunlight are the main factors, with damage from fire or insects as secondary factors.You can read the history from the red spruce being cut today,...
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Arnoldgtr

03/27/15 8:10 PM
Re: Top grain on a D18-GE (reply)
I'm guessing moisture availability during a tree's growth cycle.
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jscio

03/27/15 7:32 PM
Top grain on a D18-GE (topic)
My old D-18GE had wide grain out to the edges but then got tighter as it came to the center seam. This one I just acquired has tight grain at the edges then gets wider but then gets tighter again towards the center seam.  Just curious...
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Jim Lewis

03/27/15 4:49 PM
Re: Do acoustic guitar people like wood in general? (reply)
Thx Randy...now i HATE my house.
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6StringMusic

03/27/15 1:16 PM
Re: Sapwood Back + Sides (reply)
MikeHalloran wrote:>The back and side are just wide enough for a OM or smaller guitar!< I was wondering about that. I would think that I'd turn the back upside down so that the upper bout and the narrow part of the figure match. I...
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Victor Volpi

03/27/15 1:04 AM
Re: Brazilian rosewood to become worthless? (reply)
Thanks Alan for a thoughtful comment.  From where I stand, there is far more reason to be pessimistic ... than optimistic .. that sustainable practices can/will prevail. 
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0021fan

03/26/15 10:05 PM
Re: Brazilian rosewood to become worthless? (reply)
Actually, BRW IS a 'rain forest' tree, it's just not found in the Amazon rain forest. BRW grows along the south facing coast of Brazil, where a cold offshore current provides for constant rain fall. In this way it's very similar to the...
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Alan Carruth

03/26/15 8:37 PM
Re: Red spruce top question (reply)
That is an exceptional explanation John...thanks! When I look at the two top photos, the wood looks very similar. I know the top one is Adi, but the second photo of the 67 D18 has no documentation of being Adi, except for players who...
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tlynch004

03/26/15 7:10 PM

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