My favorite wood combinations

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Project by DiInstruments09 posted 1229 days ago 2916 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all! This is my first post. I’ve come across lumberjocks so many times and have seen so much good work that I wanted to share a little bit of what I do and the woods I like to work with. Cheers!

Woods in order of pictures:

Myrtle wood / Black lamination / Mahogany back / Burled Wenge fretboard
African Padauk / Mahogany back / Pau Ferro fretboard

The third guitar is the first guitar I even built at school. The top is Canadian Black Walnut and the back is African Mahogany with a Gaboon Ebony fretboard. Moon and Clouds inlay. This guitar as well as my second guitar (my own design) that I built at school were stolen from me 1 month after I got back from school.

Birdseye Zebrawood / Swamp Ash
Flamed Mahogany / Burled Cocobolo

The last picture is showing the combination of woods that will go in the guitar:

Asian Black and White ebony / Pau Ferro / Flamed Mahogany / Figured Redwood / black lam

I got really lucky with the Flamed Mahogany. I was working at a mill shop and one day I found 3 8/4 boards 14” wide and 16 feet long and were labeled “Genuine Mahogany” The lumber yard we got them from mislabeled them as Genuine Mahogany although they were suppose to be for high end veneers. I got two boards that were flamed over the entirety of the faces and edges.

Hope you guys like what you see!

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#1 posted 1229 days ago

Welcome to Lumberjocks ! Beautiful guitars, I really like your choice of wood. Makes for a neat book match.
I look forward to seeing more your creations.

-- There are no mistakes in woodworking , they're learning expierences ;)

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#2 posted 1229 days ago

Welcome. I started playing bass guitar in 9th grade (1967). I always wanted to make a guitar. I like your choice of woods.. Here is my current bass (a Tobias).

-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#3 posted 1229 days ago

I, also play guitar. I would like to build one in the future, and can only hope it will turn out nice as these. Beautiful!

-- Chuck

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#4 posted 1229 days ago

Welcome to a great group of woodworkers. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’m looking forward to learning more about the wood combinations you use. Your work is beautiful, not to mention your abilities to put it all together. Again, welcome to the familly.

-- Paul, Plantagenet, Ontario

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#5 posted 1228 days ago

The first picture looks like it has flames in the grain! BONUS!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#6 posted 1228 days ago

Sheeeee Zammm those are real beauties great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1228 days ago

Not sure if anyone mentioned it to you yet… but it is customary on LumberJocks for each person to donate their first posted project to the person that makes the 7th comment. You have beautiful work so I am really lucky this time around. Please contact me for shipping instructions.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#8 posted 1228 days ago

Just curious how are the tonal ranges for such exotic woods?

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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#9 posted 1228 days ago

2 thumbs up…..twice

-- I still have all my fingers

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#10 posted 1228 days ago

Beautiful work


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#11 posted 1228 days ago

I made a telecaster pattern with a cherry body, but it wasn’t up to this.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#12 posted 1228 days ago

Wow! I woke up to a whole bunch of notifications in my e-mail. I wasn’t expecting that!

Thank you everyone for the nice comments… it feels great to hear so many nice comments.

cut3times – Thanks! That Tobias is really nice. I work at a bass guitar builders shop so I appreciate nice basses. Through the years I have usually taken more cue’s from bass builders than anything else as far as wood combination’s. I feel like bass builders like Fodera, Tobias, Conklin and even Ibanez and others alike tend to be more daring with wood… and I love it! Great bass there!

Spoontaneous – nice try ;)

Cozmo35 – Yea… the bass builder I work with actually called me one day and said “go online, right now” and told me to go to and look at this particular set of Myrtlewood. He made me buy it :) Needless to say, it was the only one of it’s kind and I have searched far and wide to find another like this… but haven’t.

Brandon – The tonal range of a these woods are somewhat familiar. Padauk is a lot like Maple. Bright and punchy and is an incredibly stable wood. The flamed mahogany is the holy grail of my tonewoods… it’s lightweight, has a beautiful acoustic tone that is punchy with a fast response and lots of harmonics. I have found that Padauk, Wenge, Mahogany, Walnut and Pau Ferro to be some of the best tonewoods out there. However if you were to play one of my guitars the sustain, harmonic’s, response and feel has a lot to do with the build quality. I keep my tolerances very tight on everything and use brass wood inserts with 10-24 bolts for bolting my necks on. This equals BIG TONE.

I can’t tell you how great it feels to hear things like this! Thanks guys!

I’m a pretty busy guy but I will try to keep posting stuff when I get a chance!

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#13 posted 1228 days ago

Nice work, and welcome.

I’ve never used the Myrtle but need to its beautiful stuff.


-- Philip, Minnesota,

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#14 posted 1227 days ago

Something I thought I would throw at you, in the late 1980’s I bought an Ibanez bass that was solid Bubinga. That was the heaviest guitar I have ever played. It also had the best tonal quality of any bass I have ever played. I bought the Tobias and traded the Ibanez in to get a needed sound system and have regretted it ever since. Also you might start a blog on Lumberjocks sometime to show the process you go through. I can tell some of us would be interested in that.


-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#15 posted 763 days ago

Your guitars are fantastic. The wood combinations are great, and the inlay looks perfect (no idea how you got the edges so clean… mine are always a little off). I’m sorry they got stolen… that’s a major disappointment.

-- Allen, Colorado

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