I recently visited a local luthier in portland, actually a group of three, a violin maker and two guitar makers. One of the guitar makers showed me a piece of wood called carbonized maple, which was stunning to say the least. It had the appearance of toasted or stained maple, a rich brown with very striking figure. Apparently the process involves heating the wood in a furnace so it smokes, then drawing all the oxygen from the chamber, which causes the smoke to flow right back into the wood, or something like that. Apparently it adds strenth to the material. It gave off a beatiful tone when tapped. The peices I saw were destined to become a violin. I was curious to see if anyone else has used this wood, on a solidbody or acoustic. If it's tone matches it's appearance, it would be quite an instrument.