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  • Bamboo. The new tonewood!

    And it's good for the ol ecosystem!!

    http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/33410

    "Boston-based First Act, which built an environmentally friendly electric guitar for Guster's Adam Gardner, is rolling out its Bambusa line of electrics to instrument stores this year. The $399 guitar, currently available via firstact.com and at the company's retail store in Boston, is made of bamboo and covered with a water-based finish, rather than traditional polyurethane.

    Rather than a reaction to diminishing wood supply, First Act marketing VP Jeff Walker says that "this is more of a charge led by our head of product development for guitars, who was seeking alternative ways to come out with an exciting new product."
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  • #2
    I wonder how it will sound?
    Originally Posted by Frets99


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    • #3
      my dad wants to build a guitar out of bamboo.

      I wish he would, bamboo is pretty
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      • #4
        that makes for one skinny ass guitar, bamboo is what at most 1/8 inch thick?
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        • #5
          Wow! Couldn't find any info on their website. A quick google search returned a Yamaha acoustic from 2000. Bambo makes sense as it's such an regenerative (invasive) species. However, I don't think it grows big enough to make a 3 piece body versus other regenerative species wuch as Paulwnia. We'll see, bamboo has caught on in the flooring industry...
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          • #6
            Are they held together with thatching and mud? Punch a few holes here and there and it doubles as a flute? Folds out into a fishing pole? Comes with a set of Tiki glasses?
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            • #7
              Most likely put together like the bamboo baseball bats. Thousands of 1/4" by 1/4" strips glued together.

              I'm skeptitcal though. Bamboo has some interesting properties such as the ability to flex and return to shape without residual oscilation. They've been making primo fly fishing rods for years out of this stuff for this reason. I would suspect that this would be a tone killing quality, but I guess time will tell.
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              • #8
                Are they held together with thatching and mud? Punch a few holes here and there and it doubles as a flute? Folds out into a fishing pole? Comes with a set of Tiki glasses?


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                • #9
                  I'm thinking maybe a hollowbody.
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                  • #10
                    can't wait to check one out in person. i know bicycle builders who've made awesome bamboo bikes!

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                    • #11
                      Say it with me.. Bambusa! BAM BOO SA!!!

                      Very cool idea, I love it. Hopefully they sound really nice so they can become mainstream.
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                      • #12
                        It makes cool floors and cutting boards, dunno about guitars though.

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                        • #13
                          You know, it's absolutely tragic that a company and website gets a mention in the NEWS, and you go to their site and there's not 1 single thing about it.

                          The only article on green guitars is an old one that does not concern bamboo.

                          What a massive missed opportunity for them
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                          • #14
                            Most likely put together like the bamboo baseball bats. Thousands of 1/4" by 1/4" strips glued together.

                            I'm skeptitcal though. Bamboo has some interesting properties such as the ability to flex and return to shape without residual oscilation. They've been making primo fly fishing rods for years out of this stuff for this reason. I would suspect that this would be a tone killing quality, but I guess time will tell.



                            Perhaps the glue or resin is what gives it stiffness.
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                            • #15
                              I built a guitar out of hemp, but I smoked it

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