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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Matteo Marziali, Jan 21, 2013.
sapwood on only one side looks like a mistake imo
I can see your dilemma. The grain on that bottom pic is pretty insane, but I think that I would go with the top one because of its better coverage and color balance. It's not like the top one's grain sucks either.
I would do the book match, but with the thick band of sap wood in the center, and leave out the ebony.
A cocobolo board with sap wood is one of the prettiest pieces of lumber you can find. I wish I wasn't so sensitive to it so I could actually use it.
the sapwood of second picture should disappear in the shaping of the body edge
This top come from the side of the tree, so there is too much sapwood under the lower wing (if i do the book-match, like in the first picture) and it will be visible only between the top and the body, and in some part of the edge.
I could try....
I would like to see a pic of Hopkins option, it sounds nice to me. You've definitely got a dilemma on your hands, too many choices ..
If I had to choose between only the two... Hmmm... I'd go with #1
your probbably right!
but i still like the 1st one
Maybe tonight i will take a picture of Hopkins option.
"Cocobolo top pOOl" A swimming pool full of Cocobolo tops?!?
The top one matches perfectly! Looks like it fits the top as if it was made for it. So absolutely the first one imo.
Just be aware of what you'll lose in the control area. I always try to avoid placing great grain in a spot that it'll be removed or covered.
But not on the lower horn.
#1 would be my choice.
I love seeing sapwood in a top, so #2 is what I would choose.
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