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Re: Limba/Black Limba (reply)
My first build was a thinline tele about 15 years ago.  If memory serves me right it is white korina.  It has a bloodwood neck, pau ferro board and Kinsman Broadcaster pickups.  A pretty decent twang machine.
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Hamjack

04/17/14 11:38 AM
Re: Limba/Black Limba (reply)
Black Limba/Korina, is a wood which was used for some Gibson electric guitars in the late 1950's which are supposed to be some of the finest electric guitars ever made. I'd be interested to how the guitar sounds Bruce. I've heard it's a...
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earwighoney

04/16/14 8:27 PM
Re: Limba/Black Limba (reply)
According to the Wood Database (http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/limba/), Limba, Black Limba, White Limba, Korina, and Afara are all the same tree.
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GWolf

04/16/14 7:39 PM
Re: Limba/Black Limba (reply)
I was wondering the same thing this weekend.  The rack of "Limba" was next to the rack of "Black Limba" at my local candy store.  The Limba sure looked like the light part of the Black Limba.  Not that it's much help, but it does sift...
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Tom P

04/16/14 7:34 PM
Re: Why don't guitar builders use laminated wood for the sides of their top models? (reply)
I know that Martin never laminated sides, only the back (spruce back with brazilian rosewood veneer)Nay, not so but far otherwise. The older 1 Series all had laminated sides with solid top and back. The sides were three layers of...
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mikeoso

04/16/14 7:12 PM
Limba/Black Limba (topic)
I am thinking "Limba" and "Black Limba" are the same wood from different parts of the same tree. Wikipedia list just one species for both woods, but does otherwise confirm of deny. Does anyone actually know? I am building a guitar from...
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Bruce Sexauer

04/16/14 6:53 PM
Re: Could a 1971 D41 have Brazilian Rosewood? (reply)
Wow. Might be? More than likely not. $4,100.00? Too much, IMHO. Still, very pretty wood. I wouldn't pay more because something "might be" something it probably isn't. That's almost misleading to folks who don't know much about Martins.
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jscio

04/16/14 5:36 PM
Re: Could a 1971 D41 have Brazilian Rosewood? (reply)
jscio wrote:That looks like some beautiful, straight grained, well quartered EIR. Is it advertised as brz? A '71 D-41 is a thing of beauty and hard to find. What are they asking?No.  It's advertised as "might be" Brazilian.  They are...
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skyboltone

04/16/14 4:16 PM
Re: EIR Grain Pattern; Which, if either, is a safer buy? (reply)
TX is a state with many environments, if it comes from the west, the guitar will be gaining moisture in TN, if from the TX Gulf Coast, it will be drying out in TN. If both are in good condition now, all you have to do is keep them in...
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Dave in Tejas

04/16/14 3:40 PM
Re: Could a 1971 D41 have Brazilian Rosewood? (reply)
Here is a shot of my '75 D41 this one looks similar to the very early 70's EIR   It has close grain and specks but doesn't have the dark streaks of BR - (not that it would be in the mid 70's)
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margibman

04/16/14 2:12 PM
Re: Could a 1971 D41 have Brazilian Rosewood? (reply)
The Indian rosewood Martin used in the early 70's was considerably different looking than the wood they use today.  I know someone with a 1969 D-41 (Indian rosewood), and the rosewood looks very similar to that on your guitar.
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Fred aka George

04/16/14 2:01 PM
Re: Could a 1971 D41 have Brazilian Rosewood? (reply)
skyboltone wrote:...The color is all wrong for EIR isn't it?...Color doesn't prove much, especially in photos.  Grain and pore structure are much more telling features.  That's not the very best picture, but I'd probably guess it was IRW...
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Buck

04/16/14 12:56 PM
Re: Could a 1971 D41 have Brazilian Rosewood? (reply)
I have no idea what kind of Rosewood that is but it sure is pretty.  And so is yours, Delmar!It won't be long (if it hasn't already started) until people are going to start searching for early 70's EIR dreads.
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gfspencer

04/16/14 12:01 PM
Re: Could a 1971 D41 have Brazilian Rosewood? (reply)
+1 for EIR, don't let that dissuade you though, Martin was using some pretty sweet looking EIR in the early days, nicely quartered with alternating dark brown and reddish grain with lots of pepper specks and nice tap tone. The early 70's...
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Delmar

04/16/14 11:00 AM
Re: Could a 1971 D41 have Brazilian Rosewood? (reply)
That looks like some beautiful, straight grained, well quartered EIR. Is it advertised as brz? A '71 D-41 is a thing of beauty and hard to find. What are they asking?
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jscio

04/16/14 8:48 AM
Re: Could a 1971 D41 have Brazilian Rosewood? (reply)
That '71 sure looks like EIR to me. The color is quite different from the '69 with BRW. Some of the early 70's EIR was really nice. I had a '71 D-35 that had eye popping EIR, but it was EIR nonetheless.
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74D35

04/16/14 5:20 AM
Could a 1971 D41 have Brazilian Rosewood? (topic)
Like this?  The color is all wrong for EIR isn't it?  I really don't know, but that's the back of a D41 and it's advertised as a '71 Here's the '69 at Gruhn's that they attest as BRW
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skyboltone

04/16/14 5:08 AM
Re: EIR Grain Pattern; Which, if either, is a safer buy? (reply)
I hear that, HumStrum, believe me. Forum rules do apply though. I recently learned that means I have 72 hours with the guitar to feel it out and see if we belong together. That is more time than I played any other guitar before I bought...
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zackwgreen

04/16/14 3:03 AM
Re: EIR Grain Pattern; Which, if either, is a safer buy? (reply)
You haven't heard/played either of them, if I read the thread correctly. If that is the case, I suggest you flip a coin. It's like choosing a mail order bride.
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HumStrum

04/15/14 11:41 PM
Re: EIR Grain Pattern; Which, if either, is a safer buy? (reply)
They both look good. That 1st pic is a little distorted so......I really like the grain on the second one. Welcome Zack!
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Mister Shakey

04/15/14 11:17 PM

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