Applewood

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  1. CalicoSkies

    CalicoSkies Most Honored Senior Member Gold Supporting Member

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    While looking at restaurant menus in the past several years, specifically restaurants serving bacon, it occurred to me that applewood-smoked bacon is fairly common. It seems to me that applewood flavor must be fairly popular. So then, how about applewood for guitars?
     
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    Sounds sweet.
     
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    Eric_G Strat-O-Master

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    Bacon smelling Strat could be interesting !
     
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    Sorry, but all the applewood is needed for bacon.
     
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    Candy apple red on a applewood strat sounds cool. No pun intended.
     
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    StewMacintosh sells them
     
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    Apple trees are not big enough .
    Maybe Orange trees ?

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    Jazz Applewood on my Jazzmaster.
     
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    too soft
     
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    Like Primavera or pine.
     
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    Fruitwoods have been used in luthery since day one. Very commonly used for faux ebony veneers (dyed black, of course). Apple, Pear, etc. Many cheap old banjos had fretboards of dyed fruitwood.

    Generally, not available in large enough sizes for bodies but one could certainly glue up enough sticks for a body.
     
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    This stack is 100% crab apple, from a tree in my yard that died in a late freeze this spring.

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    Most of it is 1" planks in lengths less than 3 feet. I did save out a few 2" pieces, possibly enough to make a guitar body. It is a hard wood, MUCH harder than pine or ash. A little harder than cherry, but not nearly so hard as maple. Right now it's pretty heavy, but it will lose weight as it dries. It may still make for a heavy guitar.

    Most of it will become decorative boxes, picture frames or whatever other ideas I come up with. Maybe an end table, likely some cutting boards. But not until at least next October, it needs a year to dry.

    Crab Apple trees rarely have long straight pieces, and apple is the same. Cutting it into lumber makes a lot of short pieces and there's a lot of waste. Production sawmills will always prefer long straight pieces where they can get good quality boards in lengths 8' and longer, with minimal repositioning. This whole tree could not have made a single 8' 2x4, it was very crooked. Possibly it could have made a half-dozen 3-4' 2x8s--just not with the equipment I have. I doubt if any lumber mills would want to touch this stuff.

    It makes a lot more sense to use this kind of wood for smoking meats. It does smell really nice when it burns.
     
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    Actually the opposite. It's real hard wood, tough to cut. Tripped my breaker more than once trying to rip this stuff.

    Guitars are frequently made of much softer woods--ash, alder, mahogany, pine, poplar, basswood, agathis--are all softer than apple. Maple is harder.

    The issue is it grows crooked so you can't get any long boards out of a tree.
     
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    I'm building an electric uke, a scaled-down version of a Les Paul Jr. I have some Spalted Pearwood that I'm considering using for the top. The body and neck are Spanish Cedar, which isn't actually Cedar, it looks like Honduras Mahogany, but the aroma is Cedar-like. It's the wood of choice for Classical guitar necks.

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    Back in the '90s ("Ayep, the best of times, the 1890s were, kids!") I cut down the remains of a dead Pear tree. This chunk is 15" long x 9" at wide end, 5" at narrow end, and 1 3/4" thick. I have one other piece the same length, but thicker and narrower. I haven't yet decided which piece I'll use.
     
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    Beautiful!
     
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    Someone gave me firewood once, there were all these straight logs, I asked what they were, he told me they were is Apple tree. I put them all aside , I have used some to turn things with , it’s a beautiful wood. It wasn’t dried properly , so they are cracked, I have to be careful.
     
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    Had to cut down a 40" dia cider apple tree over in France, how big a guitar shall we make? and it was hard and once dried was a little like oak, burned lovely.