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Mahogany Grain

 I am working on a mahogany guitar back, but the wood is figured and not the straight grain typically seen on instruments. It looks like it may not be quarter sawn. It seems strong and has a good tap…Continue

Started Jan 3, 2011

 

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Brian L Sutcliffe replied to Tim McAvoy's discussion Mahogany Grain in the group Guitar Makers
"Quarter sawn is nice but not necessary.   As long as you are aware of what you are working with and brace it properly you should have no problem.   Just remember that the wood will move differently slab as opposed to quartered…"
Jan 21, 2011
Tim McAvoy replied to Tim McAvoy's discussion Mahogany Grain in the group Guitar Makers
"Actually the mandolin is more likely a maple or birch back, I don't think mahogany was used much on the old Gibson A mandolins.  "
Jan 11, 2011
Tim McAvoy replied to Tim McAvoy's discussion Mahogany Grain in the group Guitar Makers
"Thanks for your comments. I have joined the book matched back sections and just completed the bracing, at about 36 percent humidity.Everything seems fine.   It will have an unique look. I have a very old carved Gibson A mandolin and just…"
Jan 11, 2011
Jon M. Allred replied to Tim McAvoy's discussion Mahogany Grain in the group Guitar Makers
"I'd use it, although I'm in Utah where everything is nice and dry, including the builder's hands."
Jan 3, 2011
Charles F Morrison replied to Tim McAvoy's discussion Mahogany Grain in the group Guitar Makers
"It is not quartersawn and I wouldn't use it. For me, it has to be quartersawn or it doesn't go into a guitar. From what I've seen for sale I guess I'm not in the majority, but I want an instrument to be stable and since I…"
Jan 3, 2011
Tim McAvoy replied to Tim McAvoy's discussion Mahogany Grain in the group Guitar Makers
"  Thanks.   This will be a dreadnought size, typical martin style back bracing...still OK?   What do you think of the Aesthetics, with the wings?    "
Jan 3, 2011
Greg Brandt / Maker of Guitars replied to Tim McAvoy's discussion Mahogany Grain in the group Guitar Makers
"From what I can tell from the photo......it is quarter sawn in the center but get's "flash cut" where the butterfly wing pattern is. That's where the wood will move. Brace the back when it's dry (and the back is small) and…"
Jan 3, 2011
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Mahogany Grain

 I am working on a mahogany guitar back, but the wood is figured and not the straight grain typically seen on instruments. It looks like it may not be quarter sawn. It seems strong and has a good tap tone. Is there anyreason for concern in using this wood for a guitar back?ThanksSee More
Jan 3, 2011
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Jan 3, 2011
Tim McAvoy posted a discussion

Mahogany Grain

 I am working on a mahogany guitar back, but the wood is figured and not the straight grain typically seen on instruments. It looks like it may not be quarter sawn. It seems strong and has a good tap tone. Is there anyreason for concern in using this wood for a guitar back?ThanksSee More
Jan 3, 2011
Tim McAvoy is now a member of Acoustic Guitar Community
Nov 29, 2010

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Which one of the following describes your involvement in music? (Check all that apply)
Amateur or recreational musician, Guitar maker
How many years have you been playing guitar?
20-30 years
Which of these instruments do you own or play?
Flattop steel-string acoustic guitar, Mandolin
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