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    Pataphysician Joe Bartl's Avatar
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    Default Identify this wood?

    On my recently acquired Tieri tenor guitar:

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    The description of this at vintageinstruments.com reads: tiger striped back of some exotic wood (perhaps Peruvian Mahogany?)

    Anyone have a better idea of what this wood is?

    Thanks for your help.

    Joe

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    Almost looks like "The Tree". "Mahogany" is a pretty ambiguous term still, but as fair a guess as any. Determining the exact species is beyond what anyone will be able to do from a Web picture.

    Ken Parker's Lucky:
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    I would have guessed it could even be dyed maple from your one picture. But I looked at others online, which I'm taking as a clue. They look like more typical mahogany grain than yours is.

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    Default Re: Identify this wood?

    Definitely not "The Tree"; I've handled approx. 100 sets from that tree and played about 30 guitars made from it.

    Back in the day you could get them for dirt cheap- nobody was willing to pay $150 for a set of ANY mahogany when you could buy Brazilian rosewood for $75!

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    Default Re: Identify this wood?

    Thanks, Marty and J. Condino. Yeah, I guess that is it ... identified as Curly Mama Mahogany (whatever that is ... ) and not "The Tree" (unless I misunderstood) on the Ken Parker site. Parker identifies only the neck veneer (which he does not show) on his guitar as from The Tree. Great! Now I have a name to put to it should anyone inquire.

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    Oh yeah, I was just saying it looks like it is some species we'd call mahogany. I'd stick with "curly mahogany" and you're not going to raise any eyebrows.

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    Default Re: Identify this wood?

    When you say, "The Tree," is this some magical king of mahoganies whose lore I should know?

    Edit: Google apparently thinks so. https://acousticguitar.com/welcome-to-the-jungle/
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