“Guitars made from The Tree routinely sell for $30,000 - $40,000”. I came into a piece. Need builder

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    Wow! 500 years old! I've read about it before but didn't remember the details. And you're getting a piece! Congratulations!
     
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    Very cool, you must be treating his daughter right.
     
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    A big piece.
     
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    What are you planning to do? A tele? a LP?
     
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    I’ve never heard of this, interesting story. Thanks for sharing and congratulations! So... any pictures?
     
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    Very cool, i'd be making a nice acoustic and a Les Paul out of it.
     
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    Tone wood is a myth. ;)

    CP.
     
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    I'd be contacting Dana Bourgeois to see if I could trade some of that wood in exchange for a slope shouldered dred J45 style. I wouldn't waste any on a solid body or even a semi hollow.
     
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    Pretty amazing.
     
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    It went from $45 a set to $10,000.
     
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    @Bluego1

    You're only gonna do it justice by making it part of a ridiculously striking acoustic anyway, so in my opinion, contact the folks at Larrivee, explain what you've got (I'd include pictures of the figuring) and a general idea of what you're after.

    https://www.larrivee.com/series

    Theres a small chance they'll only charge a couple grand for an opportunity to plaster pictures of your build on thier site. You said you're getting alot; they might build you one for some wood. Maybe.
    But thier inlay work, bracing, and feel has never not impressed me.

    Most of the cost of custom stuff is the inlay... typically a grand ish for the headstock and a grand for the neck, all custom ideas subject to Wendy Larrivee approving it (I'm assuming for practical reasons as well as protecting the brand) the guitar sans inlays run around $1k.... so it wouldn't be unreasonable to say they get the better deal if you trade some wood for a guitar. Unless you want everything not made of your magical rosewood to be koa. And even then.... still close. Spruce top or thier almost white other spruce would be great for the sounding board.

    I know you probably were thinking solid body, but a headstock cap and quarter inch top on a tele body with some elaborate binding is probably the most practical you're gonna get going that route.
    You could get whatever your idealized end all be all acoustic though. Just my two cents.
    Regardless, congratulations.
     
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    If they'd be interested, I would try one of three luthiers...
    John Arnold, Wayne Henderson or TJ Thompson...it would probably be a long wait, possibly 3 years or more....but you would have an amazing instrument. My personal choice is John Arnold, who is currently building me a twelve fret 0045...and it's been 5 1/2 years, but the pictures I've seen look beautiful, should have it for Thanksgiving. Try contacting one of them and see.....just an idea....


    RJ
     
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    It would be a waste to use it on a solid body guitar. Acoustic all the way.
     
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    It all happened in 1965 though. I don t think people thought much about ecology back then. They were probably thinking, oh, there will another one that big in 500 years.
     
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    Pics or this is just so much B S.
    I second the Larrivee option, they are really into wood and their guitars are amazing
     
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    Interesting story, but in my opinion sad that they cut it down. I am no tree hugger by any means but something like this should have been preserved. Instead greed and pride destroyed something the world is never likely to see again.
     
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    My son is a classical and flamenco guitar builder based in Spain and he has a back and side set from "the tree". It would be cool if he built his old man a guitar with it for his 60th birthday. :D
     
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