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“I received my order today and I just wanted to tell you thanks. The wood is exactly what I wanted, absolutely beautiful, the packaging was great and I'm looking forward to buying more from you. I've purchased tonewoods from other vendors and ebay before, but even the best from them doesn't compare to the quality and value of what I bought from you. Thanks again!”

- D. E.

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 TONEWOOD  
BSMacassarEbonySQUARE400 MACASSAR EBONY BACKS & SIDES
The time to buy is now!
 TONEWOOD  
BSMyrtleNoFigSQUARE190noborder OREGON MYRTLE BACKS & SIDES
No two sets look alike – Build an original!
 TONEWOOD
BocoteSQUARE300 BOCOTE BACKS & SIDES
Beautiful color • Rosewood-like taptone
 TONEWOOD  
BScocoboloSQUARE250 COCOBOLO BACKS & SIDES
Get it Now • Limited Supply
 TONEWOOD
BSWestAfricanStripedEbonySQUARE300 WEST AFRICAN EBONY BACKS & SIDES
with visually appealing bold striping!
 TONEWOOD
BSkoaCategory200 KOA BACK & SIDE SETS
Easily one of the most sought after
tonewoods available!
   TONEWOOD 
BSCubanMahoganyStrongFlameSQUARE300

CUBAN MAHOGANY BACKS & SIDES
If you treasure Mahogany ... check this out.
Also available for ukuleles.

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NEW ITEM  
BINDINGIndianEbonyBI3IEsquare100

INDIAN EBONY BINDING
BI3IE – Dark color, square edges and bends much, much easier than African Ebony!

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SALE ITEM  
TUNERSBloodwoodReplacmntButtonsSQUARE300

BLOODWOOD REPLACEMENT BUTTONS
(GDBK) • $10 off normal price!!!

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   TONEWOOD
BSFiguredWhiteAshSquare300 WHITE ASH BACK & SIDES
An intense, tight curl pattern that rivals the most highly figured Maple.
NEW ITEM  
BRIDGEpremadeRepairSQUARE400

MARTIN REPAIR BRIDGES
Indian Rosewood and Ebony bridges for those working in the detail-obsessed repair world.

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   TONEWOOD
BSYellowCedarWYCJsquare200 ALASKAN YELLOW CEDAR BACKS & SIDES
Tight grain • Clear & Light color • Lusterous
NEW ITEM   
CLAMPSGyroJawSPGJ300

GYROJAW VISE ACCESSORY
Holds oddly shaped, tapered or angled objects!

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NEW ITEM  
TUNERSGotoh510sXgoldblkplasticGGV510ZXGBL5square300

GOTOH 510 X-GOLD TUNERS
Available with black or X-gold buttons

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  NEW ITEM  
NECKSBlanksTempered300

TEMPERED NECK BLANKS
"Roasted" wood has many benefits!

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  TONEWOOD
NEWitem11 HEART RIMU
Warm beige and gold colors accented by reddish vertical line patterns.
SELECT-A-SET  
SelectASetSQUARE300

SELECT-A-SET
Individual photos of select premium woods.

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GIFT IDEA  
BOOKALuthiersAlphabetSQUARE300

A LUTHIER'S ALPHABET
OF IMAGINARY INSTRUMENTS

Woodcuts and Poems by Fred Carlson

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NEW ITEM  
MEASURINGDigitalStringHeightGaugeDSHGsquare300

LMI DIGITAL STRING HEIGHT GAUGE (DSHG)
Achieve the perfect string height on your guitar.

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BSMacassarEbony3up300MAY 2015
 
Featured Tonewood ~
MACASSAR EBONY

The heat is on, and most wise luthiers have transitioned away from Brazilian Rosewood permanently due to increased legal concerns. A seller’s promise that “this wood is from pre-CITES stock” no longer holds weight, and rightfully so. Sadly, poaching, illegal importation and misrepresentation continues and few selling it have more than a promise to demonstrate legality.

Front and center among the substitutes for Brazilian is Macassar Ebony. For many years there has been concern about legal logging and exportation of this species, but LMI is proud to claim that our Macassar is 100% legally procured (usually from salvaged sources) with a crystal clear paper trail.

No one needs to make a case for the beauty of this wood. From distinguished jet-black, to regal pin striped, to marbled, inky lines with contrasting sapwood centers, Macassar offers a look for everyone. Like Brazilian, its hardness splits the difference between common Indian Rosewood and the African Ebonies. Instruments of great tonal power and subtlety are the result. Furthermore, Macassar Ebony fingerboards are the only quartersawn Ebony we carry.

This fine wood is carefully drawn from the verdant rain forests of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi (formally Celebes) in the southern region of the island that neighbors the city of Makassar. The environment mirrors that of fabled Borneo, nearby. Home to a wide variety of endemic species (various Macaques, the Palm Civet, Babirusas, Anoa) deforestation is a grave concern and so environmentallyconscious harvest, even of salvaged woods, is severely limited.

Whether CITES grants protection to Macassar Ebony or not, our supplier says that their business can only survive a few more years (after 2015) within the ethical constraints that they abide by. The time to buy is now, and we make finding that perfect set easy for you by picturing each set individually in our "Select-A-Set" format.


Previous LMI articles (2015):

  • APR: Quality Adhesives
  • MAR: LMI Videos
  • FEB: News from the NAMM Show
  • JAN: Healdsburg Guitar Festival

Previous LMI articles (2014):

  • DEC: Heroes' Voices
  • NOV: Tor-Tis™ Pickguards
  • OCT: Acoustic Guitar Pickup Choices
  • SEPT: Repair Stuff
  • AUGUST: Do Pros Order Kits?
  • JULY: 3 Cheers for the Red, White and Uke!
  • JUNE: LMI, Luthier Communities 
    and the Upcoming GAL Convention
  • MAY: Our Expanded Shop, ‘Professional Tools’ and LMI Shop Services
  • APRIL: Neck Wood Alternatives
  • MARCH: LMI's Wood Drying & Preparation

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