“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 entirey by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a driss 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......”
Good Birdseye Maple is hard to come by, but we have been getting some really excellent boards lately -some with subtle quilt like figure in addition to the Birdseye figure (ask about availability). Far more stable than flamed Maple, these are the only way to go if you want to dress up a Fender style electric.
“Tempered”, “Roasted”, “baked” or 'cooked' woods are exposed to temperatures of 350° to 425° Fahrenheit (about 180°-220° Celsius). They are "cooked" in a vacuum chamber so that there is no flame or burning. The process is called 'torrefaction'. There are number of positive results with tempered wood including a darker color, greater stability, feel, and tone.
NOTE: Unfortunately we are unable to radius Birdseye Maple fingerboards. We use a shaper/molder type tool to radius our boards and the grain of Birdseye Maple tears out when attempting to radius it. Our radius blocks, SRP1620 or SRP1012, work well for this task.