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Just wanted to say that the quality of all the products LMI has sent me is awesome!

I was shocked at the outstanding quality of the wood sent with my kit. All the wood in my kit is stunning! I can't wait to work on this project.  The quality of the services is top notch and the tools I bought from LMI are top grade.

I am glad LMI sets a high standard in quality all around. I look forward to this project and many more knowing that a place like LMI exists with these standards.

I work in a manufacturing environment so I know the work it takes to keep such a high standard. I know LMI couldn't do it without having good people doing the daily grind. Please let your co-workers and shop staff know that I said thanks for the work they do.

I hope LMI continues this tradition of high quality, it can be hard to find a place that values a high standard.

Great job
and thanks!
Dustin

Special Redwood Tops

We are always delighted to carry Redwood tops as these majestic trees, growing 200-400 feet high and for hundreds and sometimes thousands of years, are easily encountered near us in Northern California. 

Redwood is a tricky wood to buy. The usual indicators (tightness of grain, wood cut close to quarter) are not reliable indicators of stiffness and tone. It seems, that only one in very many trees is qualified to produce excellent tonewood, we end up passing on much of the material we look at. It's a challenging quest, but well worth it when we are successful, as Redwood can create a guitar of unsurpassed responsiveness and richness of tone

Gratefully, our quest was rewarded with the procurement of the fine Redwood tops you see here -soundboards that rival the storied 'Lucky Strike' tree from the Craig and Alicia Carter stash. That wood, which first came to us over 25 years ago, set the standard for Redwood and inspired a love for this rare and remarkable tonewood among discriminating luthiers around the world. 
 
We are so pleased to once again offer Redwood of this stature. The sinker tops come from the rustic, fog shrouded forests of coastal Mendocino County in California, from the Little River area. The billets were cut from old growth trees that were ax-felled over 80 years ago when many logging efforts were undertaken to rebuild San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. 
 
The presence of tannin in the wood accounts for the distinctively beautiful reddish color of the Heartwood as well as the longevity of the fallen timber as it provides a natural defense against decomposition and pests. The varied color bands that make each top unique and memorable, come from minerals in the water that are absorbed by the fallen tree (so sinker lumber shows more) and may be the cause of this wood's additional hardness. Order soon as this remarkable material may only be available for a short while.