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    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.

    thanks john

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    Sorry, I can't shed any light, but you might find something in Peter Coombe's wirting here:

    http://www.petercoombe.com/publications.html

    It's worth a read anyway!

    cheers,

    P

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    John,

    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 Martin
    Whatever note you blow youre never more than a semitone away from the correct one....(Miles Davis)

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    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..

    thanks
    john

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