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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 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......”

- Jon Ballard

Red Mountain Cedar

BSRedMountainCedarWRMSC1700

Cedrela montana

Red Mountain Cedar is a very close cousin of Spanish Cedar. It’s almost indistinguishable in all respects, but has the good fortune of evading the CITES export restrictions we must adhere to with Spanish Cedar. It’s a light-weight back and side wood (some are convinced that lower weight has a positive impact on tone) but is very stable. It’s exceptionally resonant and is well suited to both classical and steel string guitars. The color is a rich, reddish brown which is stunning under finish and the sets we get show a variety of typically wide (but deep) curly figure types. It’s reminiscent of some of the varieties of Koa we see. No two sets are alike. The second grade sets will have more subtle figure or may have some unevenness of color, which is minimized substantially under finish.

It is rare that we get a new tonewood that offers so much cosmetically and tonally. A significant added bonus is that this wood is harvested according to the high environmental and social standards of our friends in Peru.

Back & Sides Dimensions
Wood Grading article
Figured Wood Terms

 


SKU Product Name In Stock Each  
BSSC1SS B & S, Red Mountain Cedar, 1st grade, steel string
Yes $158.95
BSSC2SS B & S, Red Mountain Cedar, 2nd grade, steel string
Yes $125.55