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    My brother recently bought a house and there is a huge cherry tree I will be helping taking out. I was just curious to know if cherry wood would be good use for a guitar body? I'm looking to either do a V or an ML shaped guitar. It is big enough so that I would be able to get 1 solid piece and more if I wanted to do another guitar.

    What's your take on cherry wood for a guitar? My Norman acoustic is made from all wild cherry. Sounds nice to me.
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  • #2
    Heavey hard wood. Maybe you could cut some thin for a top or something. That's if there is any clear wood. Old fruit trees tend to rot on the inside.

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    • #3
      Godin uses it on the 5th Avenue. Sounds good there.

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      • #4
        It makes a great neck.
        Also a nice body wood for acoustics.
        Love those Seagull wild cherry S6 acoustics.
        Dont see why it woudnt be a decent wood for a solid body as well.

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        • #5
          "wild cherry" and youre typical american "cherry" are quite different i think. youre usual american cherry is not used much for guitar making, can't figure out why.

          ed roman in his infinite intelligence made a double cut out of cherry, he said that it sounded very good, but no one bought it, so he had to clearance it out.

          ive been wanting some figured cherry for some guitar tops for awile now.,
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          • #6
            I always wondered about the cherry solidbodies. Be sure to write here if you'll start doing it!
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            • #7
              Very similar to the Maples. It's heavy, but a nicely figured top plate of Cherry on a slab is a good place to start.
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              • #8
                Ken Brookes, who wrote "Guitar: An American Life" chronicles the building of his cherry acoustic. its a very cool story coupled with the social history and development of the instrument from about 1500.
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                • #9
                  Don't forget to season the wood for a long long while. On the bright side, you'll have plenty of time to plan the build details.
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                  • Jkater
                    Jkater commented
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                    mrbrown49 wrote:
                    Don't forget to season the wood for a long long while. On the bright side, you'll have plenty of time to plan the build details.

                    Lol.Good one. Has even time to change his mind several times.


                • #10
                  Is the house within city limits? If so you can forget about getting it milled. Mills don't take wood from cities because of the high chance of there being nails and other metal stuff in it.

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                • #11
                  seagulls are made with cherry.

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                  • #12
                    Is the house within city limits? If so you can forget about getting it milled. Mills don't take wood from cities because of the high chance of there being nails and other metal stuff in it.


                    Good point. It's not the worth the risk to their milling tools.
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                    • #13
                      Good sub for Maple in the same application, but not a solid guitar unless you want it bright and heavy.

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                      • #14
                        It would probably be bright with a a long sustain.

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                        • #15
                          Don't forget to season the wood for a long long while. On the bright side, you'll have plenty of time to plan the build details.


                          Yep, unless you find a place that will mill it and kiln dry it, don't plan on building anything for at least a year.

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