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I recently acquired tops from redwood trees cut over 100 years ago   It is much harder and stiffer than redwood one finds in the lumber yard today, if you can find it at all.   I run tops through a little stiffness to weight ratio test when selecting for a build and this redwood top had the highest S/W ratio of any I’ve ever tested.   The result is a very light top assembly that remains bright and lively when pushed to the limit of top deflection.   A lesser top becomes low pitched and flabby sounding.   The combination of light weight and high pitch makes for a highly responsive guitar with a lush bright sound.   That it is loud is a given.

Redwood top, laminated walnut back and sides, walnut neck, Ebano fingerboard and bridge,  670mm scale.   French polish finish.

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