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Wood color question

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Peik, May 26, 2005.

  1. Peik


    Dec 2, 2004
    Actually this is a guitar question, but I thought some of you guys might have the answer.

    On many guitars I have noticed that the top is two colored. I mean two different shades of the natural wood. What is this? I have seen it on cheap as well as expensive guitar.

    Can anyone help?

    Lars A
  2. Two specific examples pop into mind first off - woods with a clear heartwood/sapwood difference and woods with spalting.
  3. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    When you have several pieces of wood, that are not bookmatched, you will find this kind of difference. More or less pronounced.
    Also, as Hambone said, the difference between different parts of the log will be noticeable. Especially in species that are not very dark or very light.
  4. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Unless you're speaking of a two-tone burst of some sort.

    Which is actually a stain applied to the wood, with more stain near the exterior usually than the interior.
    The result would be this:

  5. Peik


    Dec 2, 2004
    Thnaks for the info