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PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:23 am 
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I forgot how much I love this stuff. I lived in a log cabin in Indiana that a guy built himself and the floor was made from Imbuia. When I first came to check out this place for rent I was shocked at how beautiful the floor was. After he learned I built guitars he said, "I have a barn full of left overs take what you want." So I took a pickup truck load. That was about 1995. I built many guitars out of it but then just let the stash pile sit for a long time. The floor boards are big enough for 4 1/4in sides and 4 piece backs. It ranges from chocolate dark brown almost black to light tan in color and almost always has some sort of crazy figure to it.

Just thought I'd share ;)

I cut enough sets this weekend for about 5 guitars. Also the stuff smells fantastic when you are working with it.

This is what most of it looks like:
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The curly stuff was on my reserve list for a long time. But note also the almost orange one next to it. That piece was almost black till I resawed it open and fresh.
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 Post subject: Re: Imbuia
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 Post subject: Re: Imbuia
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Why can't I see the images?

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Ooops sorry, maybe now you can see? I think it's a Google permissions thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Imbuia
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Images are coming thru now! I also love the stuff.

In fact I'll be starting a build soon with this interesting set I got from Bob at RC Tonewood way back when.


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Thanks, can see them now - really nice!

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What is the tap tone like?


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I love it.
The sweet odor, and it holds a bend well.
My first guitar I made with it went to Steve Miller the rocker.

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 Post subject: Re: Imbuia
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Joe Beaver wrote:
Images are coming thru now! I also love the stuff.

In fact I'll be starting a build soon with this interesting set I got from Bob at RC Tonewood way back when.


Yup that's the stuff! I have a few boards that have that same figure on it, it's wild.

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What is the tap tone like?


I'm not one to attribute tap tone to what a finished guitar sounds like but of course I always tap wood to see if some day it all starts making sense ;) The tap of Imbuia when thinned down to guitar plate dimensions is rather dull. It's more of a knock than a ping like rosewood. In full sized 3/4in boards it has a nicer musical tone to it. But I can tell you that it makes a great guitar. To harp more on the subject, some of the best guitars I've made were with tops for example that tapped like wet cardboard.


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+1 for imbuia have never seen a board yet


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That's good looking wood!

Yeah, I don't think tap tone is a thing with back and side wood. For example, walnut rings about like soggy cardboard when tapped, yet it makes a fine guitar. idunno

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George L wrote:
That's good looking wood!

Yeah, I don't think tap tone is a thing with back and side wood. For example, walnut rings about like soggy cardboard when tapped, yet it makes a fine guitar. idunno

And Tasmanian Tiger Myrtle — totally thuddy tap, but two of my best sounding guitars were made from it. Go figure...


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