Thread: australian woods for bridges
20th Dec 2006, 10:06 AM #1
australian woods for bridges
Dear all, i am wondering about using Australian woods to replace the ebony or rosewood often used in bridges for acoustic guitars. I have seen various types used such as casurina, blackwood, mulga, gidgee, myrtle or rose mahogany, Beefwood, minnerachi, wandoo or other desert woods such as boree, lancewood, they may have a similar consistency to the traditional woods.
I was wondering if anyone here has any first hand experience with this and how any alternative bridge woods will stack up in terms of stength , resonance and ability to transmit vibration efficiently to the soundboard.
Blackwood would seem to be a good alternative but for some reason doesn't seem to be used much in bridges, even by Maton or Cole Clark who use a lot of aussie woods for the rest of a guitar.
Aussie tonewoods (http://www.australiantonewoods.com/prod03.htm) has a good selection but i am looking for info on how the various options work and sound in realtime.
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20th Dec 2006, 10:17 AM #2
20th Dec 2006, 10:24 AM #3
Drop Tim Spittle an email at Aussie Tonewoods and Im sure hell be able to fill you in on acoustic properties of the woods he stocks...hes a luthier as well as wood supplier.
Cheers MartinWhatever note you blow youre never more than a semitone away from the correct one....(Miles Davis)
24th Dec 2006, 02:49 PM #4
thanks for the responses guys, i have read and saved peter coombes article before, good info but not much about bridge woods. I have emailed Tim spittles will post any response here..
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