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Forum topic by Daniel Carbone posted 07-07-2011 06:01 PM 2502 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Daniel Carbone

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07-07-2011 06:01 PM

Hi all. I’m new to this site. I’m looking for magnolia wood to make an electric guitar top. I recently made one out of holly and it sounds great. My thinking is because this is music the feeling a tree gives you is more important than how the wood looks. I’m tired of the same mahogany/maple guitars. So I want to try apple, olive, mango, and magnolia. But magnolia is hard to find. Anyone have any? I’m too new to this site to send a message, but Brantley from GA posted that he had some a year ago.

-- Daniel,

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#1 posted 07-09-2011 05:33 AM


Magnolia is going to be hard to find. It isn’t offered as a commercial wood. Try tree trimmers in your area. If they have it, they would probably give it too you. Also, try He has it @ $1.40 bd/ft but you have to drive to Shirleysburg, Pa. to get it as he doesn’t ship small quantities.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#2 posted 07-10-2011 07:49 PM

Thanks Steve. I’ve got one tree trimmer looking and I’ll call some more. Daniel

-- Daniel,

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#3 posted 07-10-2011 09:16 PM

Man if only you were a few days earlier with your request. I just turned down a whole Magnolia tree that was cut down in my aunts back yard. I live in Mississippi and our state tree is the Magnolia. I’ll keep an eye out and hit up the dumps around here and see if I can round some up for you. What size (L x W x H) does it need to be because I figure it would be pretty pricey to ship whole logs. I feel pretty confident that I can find you some. Also, I’ve got some Apple logs but they have been laying outside, uncovered for about a year so I don’t know if they would be too far gone or not. I’ll go out there and check em out and get some measurements on them in a little while and get back with you.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#4 posted 07-10-2011 11:55 PM

Thanks Zeke. Tragic! No need to ship whole logs. It doesn’t take much to make a top for a hollow body guitar, plus the sustain block. The top is 18” by 14” and 5/16” thick, made from as many strips as needed. So 2 pieces 18” by 3 1/2” by 3/4” would do one top … ripped into 4 strips, glued side by side. The sustain block is 1” by 3” by 14”. So I guess a good size would be 1-1/4 by 4 by 18”, and even 2 like that would do one guitar. You can call me at 703 969 6233 if you find any. Thanks again. Daniel

-- Daniel,

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