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“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

Black Acacia

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Black Acacia guitars by
Baranik Guitars and Graham Hollingworth.

Acacia Melanoxylon

Known as Australian Blackwood to many because of the tree's bark, this not-to-distant cousin of the Koa tree (Koa is itself an Acacia) offers many of the features of the popular Hawaiian wood. An excellent alternative to the Rosewoods, it has a luminescence and depth similar to Mahogany. The tap tone is roughly the same as Koa, and some say it makes a better sounding guitar. Though the tree grows well in our own region of northern California and many other places such as Africa and India, the best sets are imported from Australia where this wood has been a mainstay for most of the fine builders there. Other adherents include classical and flamenco guitar builder Kenny Hill and steel string builders Mike Baranik and McPherson Guitars.

NOTE: Black Acacia with grades good and below may have small blemishes in the pattern (small knots or very subtle spikes).

Back & Sides Dimensions
Wood Grading article
Figured Wood Terms