tonal signature of myrtle??

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by bad dog, May 13, 2003.

  1. bad dog

    bad dog

    May 7, 2002
    Jim Thorpe, Pa.
    Hello guys ..... 1st let me say it's great to have you all around as a resource, so thanks!

    I was wondering if anyone can tell me the tonal signature that a solid myrtle body would have? Also is it a very heavy wood? There's a fretless bass that I'm curious about that will be available pretty soon, so any help would be appreciated.

    Much Thanks,
  2. Don't know if this is much of answer but . . .

    I think the Breedlove Acoustic people have used myrtle and might have some talk on their web site about the tone. Also try the Musical Instrument Makers Forum ( and

    both have discussion and other info on woods and everything else about making and repairing guitars etc.

    happy building!
  3. kboyd


    Jul 6, 2002
    I made a myrtle topped bass on black limba body. I think it really brings out the low note fundamentals and snappy highs. Just my experience. BTW I think I saw a roscoe solid myrtle body, but I just might have been daydreaming:)