Help me identify the wood in this classical

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  1. Jerry_Mountains

    Jerry_Mountains Tele-Meister

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    I need some help guys (and girls).
    I bought this classical guitar from a guy some time ago for about $20 bucks, its not in the best shape for example the back got some crack and it's lifted near the bottom, the action is high I think it needs a reset or some work at the saddle.

    But... it's very well constructed, got some mojo on it, it was made in my own city I think in the 70s so it got some history and the wood seems lovely.

    And here is where I need some help, I would love to know the kind of woods the guitar is made, I know the top is some kind of spruce, the neck is mahogany (aparently quatersawn). But the back and sides I don't know it looks like rosewood of some kind but maybe is paloescrito. The fretboard apparently is rosewood but is very dark maybe ebony but the ebony is more dense.

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    Did I mentioned it sounds amazing? Very open, warm and loud! it just need some repair and setup.

    Thanks and sorry for the heavy image thread.
     
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    whatever it is it looks like a very well made guitar
     
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  3. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    Google some images of walnut and Brazilian rosewood guitars. I tried it and found these:

    BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD:

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    BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD:

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    WALNUT:

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    WALNUT:

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    Thank you Charlie, looks like brazilian back and sides! Not bad for a 20 buck guitar, I guess it worth the repairs, and I guess that it's not a good idea to pass it through any international border due to CITIES.


    The guitar have some workmanship on it, I'll will try to save it and play it for good health.
    Time to relearn some classical pieces.
     
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    BTW sorry about the pictures it looks filthy now that I see it. Its gonna need full attention from my local luthier.
     
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    I admire you for taking on this project. Hope you'll post progress pics. Good luck.

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    Classical guitars typically have spruce or cedar tops; that looks like cedar.
     
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    Agree, and the fretboard looks like rosewood (the grain is not fine enough for ebony).
     
  9. hamerfan

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    Congratulation to your find. I got a 1880 classical Spanish guitar from my grandpa. It was in miserable state with split and lifted top, a lifted and screwed down bridge and a once broken headstock, but a Braz back and sides. I brought it to Luthier and now i have OO Martin style steel stringed guitar. Its a second life to this guitar and all my folks are happy, because i saved Grandpa's ole guitar.

    The raw back before

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    After
     

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