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Howdy,

Just wanted to drop a quick note to say that the Koa (B&S&T) is some of the finest, most beautiful, wood I have seen. (and I've been a woodworker for over 40 years). This is going to become an incredible guitar!!  

Thanx,

Dave

Oregon Myrtle / California Laurel

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Myrtle guitar by Rick Micheletti.

Umbellularia californica

Oregon Myrtle, also known as California Bay Laurel or Pepperwood, ranges in color from blonde-yellow to taupe and makes very nice guitars. No two sets look alike, thus each guitar built is an original! Tonally it is similar to Maple, clear and bright with nice projection, but it is much easier to bend than Maple. For this reason it is a great wood for beginners. Les Stansell uses this wood on his fine classical guitars, and Robert Ruck has commented that it compares favorably to any of the traditional flamenco woods and recommends it on all levels.

 

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