This week’s entry that arrived in the email@example.com inbox shows that even a tree that was downed due to the forces of nature can still be used to make some amazing stuff. It also shows that for certain woods, you have to allow plenty of time to dry before using it.
I am an avid mountain biker and while riding in a nature preserve named Case Mountain near my house I found a large maple tree that had been split in half during a hurricane. There were several pieces that had broken away from the main trunk and I was amazed to see that the hunks of maple laying on the ground were spalted. Over the next few weeks I came back and filled my backpack with as many pieces as I could carry.
I let the pieces dry for about a year then when I was ready to start this build I went through them and pulled out the best ones. None of them were big enough for a complete front, so I decided now was a good time to learn how to do inlays and I created a ying/yang kind of design using the splated maple and the black walnut body wood. Its a fretless with a cocobolo fingerboard with anigre filling in the slots. It has EMG pickups, EMG BQ preamp and a Hotshot through body bridge.
It sounds great, with a lot of depth and plenty of punch, which is surprising to most people who see it and expect that its going to have a mellow tone because its a fretless.
Well done, John!
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