1977 Brazilian confirmed

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  1. Oatie

    Oatie Member

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    With several wood experts found my 1977 Standard has Brazilian wood, confirmed!

    I know my wood very well growing up in a shop and mill. I always thought it was special. How many of you fine folks have this redish hue in your mid 70s,? Kris?

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    http://www.wood-database.com/brazilian-rosewood/

    Even at this site it describes the red in the grain. So many Norlins have this beautiful wood when they first opened Nashville.

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  2. RayTorvalds

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    That fretboard is so nice, you can barely see the strings :naughty:
    Seriously though.. very pretty board !
     
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    Herr Dalbergia Senior Member

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    These pictures scream latifolia, none of them is even whispering nigra.....
     
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    If that is how you confirm it, I can confirm having Brazilian Rosewood on several of my guitars as well.

    How many is a Brazilian? :hmm:
     
  5. 1981 LPC

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    I don't get it... what's the big deal?
     
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    Rare because it was banned from use on late 60s D28s. D35s invented to use small pieces of existing stock. Meant to sound better than EIRW never had the opportunity.
     
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    Could be a scrap that slipped by, then sat around for ten years before getting used. But probably not.
     
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    The pictures are obviously not definitive, but I've seen plenty of EIR that looks just like that. I have an acoustic I made in 1975 from wood I was able to personally select from Michael Gurian's shop that I guarantee I could convince most people is BR, but he sold it as EIR, and I have always presented it as EIR -- because it is EIR. Unless your guitar was constructed in some unusual circumstances -- an in-shop repair or something unusual -- I find it hard to believe, etc., etc.
     
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    Martin release a custom shop BRW here and there but at a cost. Speculation is they have stockpiles of the stuff. Nothing definitive though.
     
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    The EIR fretboard on my 75 Deluxe looks just like that
     
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  11. Kris Ford

    Kris Ford Senior Member

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    My old '76.
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    I believe it to be Indian RW..
     
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    That board is more oiled up than the belly of a $5 whore on a Saturday night!!!
     
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    " Rare because it was banned from use on late 60s D28s. D35s invented to use small pieces of existing stock. Meant to sound better than EIRW never had the opportunity. "


    Martin stopped using BRW on their RW guitars in '69-'70 only because Brazil would not sell them whole logs anymore. Martin likes to have control over the sawing of their RW.

    BRW was fairly easy to get (already sawn) up until 1991 when the CITES treaty was signed by the US. :thumb:
     
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    Reddish hue is found in Madagascan RW. Which was the stock board in those days.
    I have seen this look in IRW and Amazonian too.

    If it is BRW it won't be from the factory.
     
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    OP, could you upload a sound clip? That's the only definitive way to tell if it's BRW.
     
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    Whatever makes you happier, believe it. :)
     
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    sounds like it to me.
     
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    except he wants to market his guitar as a Brazilian anomaly, now; confirmed. :p
     
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