“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with Sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirely by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a drill press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

Cherry, American

Prunus serotina

American Cherry is a wood common to fine-woodworking in the USA, being one of the few native hardwoods that has an attractive, warm color and sometimes, curly figure. It appears occasionally on factory instruments (it can be found on some Martins), though the scarcity of figured Cherry has limited its use in recent decades.

Tonally it is compared to other medium-density woods like Walnut and Maple, though some compare it with Mahogany. Expect an open quality with nice separation and clear trebles and good presence in the mid-range.