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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2021 5:34 am 
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Walnut
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Hiya,

Just curious on your thoughts about choice of soundboard for a tenor guitar?

I usually lean towards Swiss spruce, just because I like the clarity I think its produces over say Sitka. But i'm assuming the early Gibsons circa 1930 were all red spruce and they are some fine sounding tenors, if a little rough around the edges.

The point being I guess is that with considerably less force on the soundboard, strength isn't quite such a factor.


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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2021 8:17 am 
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First name: Rob
Last Name: McDougall
City: Cochrane
State: Alberta
I recently built a Tenor using Lutz spruce, thinned to about .110"
Clarity is excellent, and the volume is amazingly....loud.
I went for about 24 lbs of pull using a string gauge calculator, using CGDA tuning, per the customer's request.


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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2021 1:04 pm 
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Brazilian Rosewood
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I built one a couple years ago using Red Spruce and I absolutely love the thing.

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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2021 7:17 pm 
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Country: Australia
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I use Red Spruce on mine.


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