Acoustic build

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  1. 1bad914

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    I meant scale as in size. I play jumbo or Dreads all the time, looking forward to playing a smaller bodied guitar.
     
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    You'll love it. My OM is my go to acoustic, 000 next, followed by everything else. I just kinda think the OM size does everything well. I have two valuable vintage Martin dreads - I haven't played them in several years.
     
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    No build inputs from me for the next 3 months. Headed for the condo in a Warner climate, no shop. Sigh.
     
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    That sycamore back is going to be beautiful. Have a good time in the sunshine state. If you're driving stop by TN and say HI.
     
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    Yeppers :D
     
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    I was actually thinking about putting a sycamore top on it, but not sure how the tone would turn out.
     
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    I would ask around to see if a sycamore top would be a good choice. Optically, it would be killer; acoustically, not so sure.
     
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    Here is a quote from Rick Davis, Running Dog Guitars in Seattle

    I like to use it with Engelmann or European spruce rather than the denser spruces. I don't think sycamore's lightness of tone would couple well with, i.e., red spruce's bassiness or with cedar's or redwood's darkness".

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    http://www.guitarbench.com/2009/04/17/american-sycamore-tonewood-database/

    My wood database compares it to maple in general characteristics - density, Youngs modulus, etc. Maple is frequently used as a back and sides on acoustic guitars where people feel it is pretty "neutral" in sound. Maple is rarely used on sound boards.

    I heard a sycamore guitar at at GAL conference - I'm pretty sure it had a spruce top of some sort. Sounded fine.
     
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    I built ONE all sycamore guitar in my acoustic days (read Jurassic) at customer request.From my Strat bass alone you'll see not all sycamore is equal.My bass being the clear almost white consistency. Great for bodies,tops not so much.The brownish/greenish variety you are using I used a lot,mostly cut from dad's property and adjoining.THAT you use for tops if you go that route.Also note that as with poplar you occasionally get a green tinge,DON'T pass that by.As with poplar a few drops of red Colortone in your clear will even it out to the pleasant brown.
    Of course suit yourself,I'm currently hung up on my native Eastern Red Cedar for tops lol.Often called "aromatic cedar" to my irritation :rolleyes:
     
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