Originally Posted by torca
Hi folks,new to the group,just said hello over in the Intro lounge. I am curious about the species of rosewood I see on new Gibson acoustics,termed "Mystic rosewood".At Wildwood they are introducing the New Vintage line,and one of the woods on models is this Mystic rosewood.A seller on Ebay suggested it may be reclaimed Brazilian rosewood,but considering Gibsons' building ban on using Brazilian makes me seriously question such.Does anyone know the story,has played any of these Mystic models,opinions and such? Curious as all get out.
Brazilian rosewood harvesting is banned. (CITES). While it is still prized as
the original rosewood source, only old stumps are supposed to be harvested and even then, I think that any wood seller would have a hard time explaining where his wood actually came from.
Rosewood is a generic name for a different species that grow
in tropical areas of the world. such as Brazil, Madagascar, Honduras/Guatemala/Belize, and even Bolivia and Panama.
The most common available now is east Indian, which is not as good as the original Brazilian tonewise. So perhaps "mystic" is a label for the
rosewood used on those guitars, that can come from anywhere..such as Indonesia, Borneo, Burma or even the Carribean.
Cocobolo is also wood that is similar in texture and figuring to the common
more popular rosewoods. I have been tempted to make another acoustic
guitar from cocobolo as it is highly figured and has the same colour and
consistency as Brazilian rosewood. However, I still prefer the old growth
Honduras mahogany which is also banned and any supplies of it are
also prized and guarded by luthiers for their most expensive series.
I've been experimenting with Spanish cedar (which is not a cedar but more
of a type of mahogany for my guitars). Carved some necks out of it and
like the way it machines. My next guitar is more of a cigar box style 6 string with blade pickups (but not square like the CB kind), and I'm planning on making the top/back and sides out of spanish cedar that I have acquired for