Dating simon patrick luthiers rosewood

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“That would be a mistake,” says Bob Taylor, founder of Taylor Guitars.“In our generation, we’ll see the disappearance of some well-loved species.Steel-string players value rosewood for its almost incomparable balance of rich bass response and clear trebles when used for backs and sides.Mahogany, meanwhile, is favored for its brightness, clarity, and quick response—particularly on larger, inherently bassier guitars.Even so, no one species represents a truly sustainable alternative.“Suppliers are starting to look at forests in other parts of the world,” reports Chris Herrod, sales manager at Luthiers Mercantile International (LMI), a leading wood supplier.

Spruce—which includes Sitka, Engelmann, and European varieties, and the Holy Grail, Adirondack or eastern red spruce—are treasured for full-spectrum tonal response, definition, and resistance to distortion under heavy strumming and flatpicking.But many classic species of tonewoods need 70–100 years just to become mature timber, and hundreds more to become optimal age for musical instruments.With just 20 percent of the world’s intact native forests remaining (and just 5 percent in the United States), the oldest trees that produce the best tonewoods are vanishing fast.For more than a century (and even farther back in the case of many classical guitar and violin builders), these woods have been the backbone of the luthier’s art and trade—and for good reason.They possess the unique properties of rigidity, reflectiveness, and response to string vibration that have colored and made magical everything from Hank Williams’s locomotive strumming to Segovia’s ornate finger acrobatics.

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