Cutting and Bookmatching

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Evster2012
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Cutting and Bookmatching

Postby Evster2012 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:59 am

When buying a piece of wood for a top to be bookmatched (take say a 48" x 8" x 1 5/8" slab), do they halve the wood depth-ways, making the one 1 5/8" slab into two .81" slabs and then align those? Thx! :)

Cocobolo on a DC600 (assuming credit card in hand elicits a yes). :wink:

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re: Cutting and Bookmatching

Postby gumbynotpokey » Sun Oct 07, 2012 3:59 am

Think so, yeah.

In other words, like butterflying a pork chop.
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re: Cutting and Bookmatching

Postby Evster2012 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 4:23 am

"Butterflying a porkchop". Couldn't have put it better! :D

I ask because a 2" thick, 8" wide slab of highly figured Mexican cocobolo can be had for under $200 easily. Go wider than 8" and the price jumps to $1000-$1700! :shock:

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re: Cutting and Bookmatching

Postby mge80 » Sun Oct 07, 2012 7:29 am

I say good luck getting them to work with Cocobolo. As I understand it, that is some nasty stuff with major issues for those who work with/around it. Difficult to glue, extremely oily and the oil and dust are very irritating and toxic.

But hey...credit card in hand, one never knows.

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re: Cutting and Bookmatching

Postby DCLguitardude » Tue Dec 18, 2012 5:06 pm

Gotta' agree with mge80, I've been wood working and building from scratch for over ten years now, Cocobolo is definitely a beautiful wood, however on a guitar or bass it is BEST suited to be used as fingerboard material. Its a VERY HARD WOOD, and as mge80 indicated its oily.

In addition, I'm pretty confident that a Cocobolo top would REALLY make your guitar sound bright or tinny, especially if its a bolt on neck guitar.

You'd be WAY better off with Claro Walnut, Spalted Maple or if Carvin would do it, I'd probably opt for Zebrawood. Awesome grain pattern and fairly easy to work with.

Good luck, let us know what happens.


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