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Hemlock for guitar tops

ThreeSheds 30 Nov 04 - 05:17 PM
freightdawg 30 Nov 04 - 10:45 PM
DonMeixner 01 Dec 04 - 12:00 AM
JohnB 01 Dec 04 - 10:32 AM
Cluin 01 Dec 04 - 10:42 AM
ThreeSheds 01 Dec 04 - 12:09 PM
GUEST,Juergen 28 Jul 14 - 08:48 PM
Q 28 Jul 14 - 11:14 PM
Bert 29 Jul 14 - 01:51 AM
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Subject: Hemlock for guitar tops
From: ThreeSheds
Date: 30 Nov 04 - 05:17 PM

Any luthiers out there

I'm currently using canadian hemlock for making some window frames some of it is quarter sawn and has a fabulously tight grain structure and it seems to me that this timber deserves a better fate.
I have for quite some time toyed with the idea of building a few guitars but have never had enough free time this situation might resolve itself soon. So I was wondering if anyone had any experiance of using hemlock for a guitar top


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Subject: RE: Hemlock for guitar tops
From: freightdawg
Date: 30 Nov 04 - 10:45 PM

It depends on if you intend to play killer music on it.

(Okay, I'm leaving)

Freightdawg


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Subject: RE: Hemlock for guitar tops
From: DonMeixner
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 12:00 AM

Hemlock when dry becomes very brittle. The grain structure is two diferent colors as you know. Light soft grain and very hard darker grain. I think you may find the soft grain to be too soft and the top will tend to split there.

This was the case with some very dry radial sawn floor board in my home. The boards where 6" by 5/4" full thickness and if they where in the house when it was built (1854) they split out overtime.

Now I know you are thinking "150 years, what the hell is he whining about?"

I'm not whining, I just wanted you to know the stuff just isn't very dependable.

Don


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Subject: RE: Hemlock for guitar tops
From: JohnB
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 10:32 AM

I saw some 1/4" thick quarter sawn Hemlock a couple of years ago. It was only about 5 or 6 inches wide though about 4 foot long. It very definitely said Dulcimer to me. I unfortunately was not listening at the time and did not buy it. Regret it to the day and if I ever see it again, hopefuly won't be so stupid. Give it a try.
JohnB


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Subject: RE: Hemlock for guitar tops
From: Cluin
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 10:42 AM

Might be better for a guitar back & sides, but hey, I'd give it a try for the top too, if it's good quality (no flaws, etc). Who knows? Taylor has probably used hemlock for their famous "Pallet Guitar" series.


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Subject: RE: Hemlock for guitar tops
From: ThreeSheds
Date: 01 Dec 04 - 12:09 PM

I saw the pallet guitar at an exhibition in Birmingham recently it was rather impressive to see what can be done with waste. I dont think enough thought is given to alternative tonewood materials or is it down to us and customer prejudice


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Subject: RE: Hemlock for guitar tops
From: GUEST,Juergen
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 08:48 PM

Just finished an auditorium sized steel string guitar with a hemlock top and Padouk back and sides. Very loud and responsive. Seems similar to Sitka the stiffer the top , the better but also depends a lot on how heavy or light you brace. To me it sounds pretty good.


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Subject: RE: Hemlock for guitar tops
From: Q
Date: 28 Jul 14 - 11:14 PM

Looking with google, even Martin has tried it, and several makers have used it on mandolins and even violas.

I know nothing about it, but it seems that some knowledgeable people have used it.


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Subject: RE: Hemlock for guitar tops
From: Bert
Date: 29 Jul 14 - 01:51 AM

If you adjust the thickness and bracing, I am sure that you could use pretty much any wood for a guitar top. But why would you go to the trouble when spruce is tried and true?


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