“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......”
“Tempered”, “Roasted”, “baked” or 'cooked' woods are exposed to temperatures of 350° to 425° Fahrenheit (about 180°-220° Celsius). They are "cooked" in a vacuum chamber so that there is no flame or burning. The process is called 'torrefaction'. There are number of positive results with tempered wood including a darker color, greater stability, feel, and tone.
MAPLE Flamed Maple (Acer rubrum) is typically less stable than unfigured maple, but the tempering process makes it far more stable than it is in its untempered state. Birdseye Maple (Acer saccharum) and Rock Maple (a generic term for several Maple species) have about the same strength and hardness and the tempering process only enhances this. The Birdseye figure adds rarity and an exotic character that is essential to most custom instruments.
Neck, Tempered, birsdeye Maple, 28" x 4"
Neck, Tempered, birsdeye Maple, 28" x 4", 2nd grade
Neck, Tempered, flatsawn rock Maple, 30" x 4 1/2"
Neck, Tempered, flatsawn, moderate flame rock Maple, 30" x 4 1/2"
Neck, Tempered, flatsawn, high flame rock Maple, 30" x 4 1/2"
Neck, Tempered, quartersawn rock Maple, 36" x 4"
Neck, Tempered, quartersawn flamed rock Maple, 36" x 4"