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

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  1. Mike Eskimo

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    Chances are you have to find a builder willing to use wood they don’t own. That is a challenge the best builders shy away from.
     
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    When all the wood from "the tree" looks like this, I don't think quartersawn really matters.

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    I can recommend a local guy, if he and his band are touting Sin bars ( a good lurk for us here in oz).

    This guy's name is Steve Salvi. He has worked in Denmark Street London, was offered a job by Santa Cruz. His work is perfect. He routed a pickup and an old school bridge for a Les Paul Jr. I built for a teenager some years ago, His work is incredible.
    Rates: $80 per hour plus $ 8.00 GST ( tax) $AUD. But his work is worth it. You need to "know your chops" as he likes VERY specific instructions but his work is world class.
    https://www.salviguitars.com.au
     
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    Even though everyone is saying "acoustic", I think in the end, a solid body topped with it would be very cool, a bit more unusual and a big F-U to the high-end acoustic builders. Win/Win/Win in my book. :p
     
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    P.S. His shop is like a mini- factory and he Knows what he's doing. You have to be very specific and he will make a master piece. He's youngish- under 50. I think he also does lifetime free adjustments like Gibson used to and will certainly tell you when the neck needs adjustment. He's the Olson of Adelaide.
    ( no commercial affiliations).
     
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    Think ES 125
     
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    It matters to those that care and know in the acoustic guitar world .
     
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    Oh look, a 50 year old lion, let’s shoot it.
    Is that a 30 foot Great White, let’s kill it.
    Over there a 150 year old tortoise, lets make soup out of it.
    Hey, a 75 year old parrot, let’s trap it and sell to taxidermy.
    Wow, a 100 foot tree, quick, cut it down.

    Stupid, very stupid humans.
    Respect for nothing.
     
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    If it were mine, I'd contact Gibson Bozeman and have them make me a custom SJ-200
     
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    Collings could do both the acoustic and electric for you. ;)
     
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    Are you going to have an acoustic guitar made from it? I speculate you would if it is great tone wood.

    Jerry Nolte (Evergreen Mountain Instruments) is about due south of you near LaGrande, OR and he had very reasonable prices.


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    Wow! Great Find, that's some wood that would give me Wood:)
    Don't Rush, Enjoy the Journey!!!
     
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    I'm sure having wood from a really big tree is cool...but is it somehow "better" than wood from a smaller tree?

    Serious question...
     
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    Okay so apparently my FIL knows Novak and the Sausalito guy that got half the wood as mentioned in the attached article. So FIL originally bought a lot of The Tree. He’s one of the woodworkers that got personal invitations to buy from Novak, also as mentioned in the article. A photo, front and back, of that invitation is also attached. He’s made, and sold, many pieces of his art made from The Tree over the past three decades. In fact, he recently made a piece for my wife and gave it to her when she was just down there but she left it there to be picked up when we go get my wood. She did come back with the attached magazine from 1985 that contains the article which attracted the guitar world to The Tree and the invitation from Novak.
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    OK, know this about my reply-
    1: I have personally seen some examples of mahogany from "the tree"
    2: I agree with those who express doubts about the gross over- generalizations and over-statements about tone woods and the desirability based on species alone. I wont dive too deep into that.

    The attraction to this wood should IMO be based primarily on the figuring alone. I have seen a lot of amazing wood, and this stuff isnt just in a league of its own, it stands out above any other I have ever seen. It is truly breathtaking.

    Personally I dont care what your build from it. Acoustic or Electric guitar, or a snuff box. This is all about some amazingly beautiful wood. Its mesmerizing.
     
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  18. Mike Eskimo

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    Good thing that wood has a rep for good tone.

    But from having a close buddy who is a 40 year luthier, what I think is sexy wood in a guitar usually isn’t quilty/flamey/figured .

    Perfectly quartersawn boring straight grained rosewood with no runout on a 37 D-28.

    Boing !


    It might be weak and crappy structurally no matter how it’s sawn.

    ES-125 ? I think it would be a waste to make plywood out of “The Log” but hey - go crazy !
     
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    I was going to cry with you but then I decided you are just being annoying. Why don’t you go act pious somewhere else.
     
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    Lol at The Log! Haters gonna hate;).
     
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