“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......”
Achihua (pronounced ah-CHEE-wha....gesundheit!) is a wood with an amazing set of properties. It is easy to carve and machine and is super-stable, much like Mahogany. Like Mahogany, it is porous (allowing for pore-filling effects that create great depth under finish) and even colored. Unlike Mahogany it has a very light blond-beige color and it is extremely light in weight -up to 25% lighter than Mahogany! We found that when we tap/knock on the blanks that the tone rings a good deal longer than Mahogany as well.
You will want to dye the wood in most cases but some builders have used the light color of the Achihua necks to their advantage as they are able to stain the neck to get the exact color they needs to match the overall color scheme of the guitar. The light color is much like painting on white canvas as opposed to brown paper. For the adventurous, vivid or pastel colors can be achieved on the Achihua that are just not possible with darker wood.