As mentioned in a couple of other threads, I am going to visit the chaps at Brook to discuss the building of a 12 string, probably Tavy but to be confirmed. As part of the process, I have asked them if it is OK to provide some of the timber for the guitar. I have collected a small selection of acoustic back and side sets, and some interesting topwood. Anyway, tomorrow my wife and I are heading down to Devon from Stirling. And these are the sets I am taking for their assessment. Let me know your thoughts.
First up is some Australian top wood - Huon Pine and King Billy Pine. None of the grain is straight, but it has a wonderful aroma, and some *very* interesting bear-claw-on-steroids figuring. Also lightweight and a pleasing tap tone.https://i.imgur.com/RITRQ4d.jpg
With a flash to highlight the figuringhttps://i.imgur.com/C7e0Asw.jpg
Next, the back wood, from left to right : Flamed myrtle, ?grenadillo?, lace she-oak. You really cant see the patterning on the she-oak, but it is stunning.https://i.imgur.com/2uGjpFh.jpg
And lastly, some Tazmanian blackwood,(not unlike Koa) and cocobolo. The cocbolo in particular has a bright, glassy tone when handled, and just oozes 'build me'.https://i.imgur.com/Y5qH2tm.jpg
So there you go. The reason I'm taking it down is that I will never get around to building with all the wood I have as a hobby, so I might as well get it used by experts...