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Old 02-05-2009, 02:38 PM
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Default New Osage Orange build

Hello All!

Well the McKnights are in full swing building for Healdsburg,so I thought I would start a thread for my new build. The guitar is being designed as it is being built by Tim and Mary.

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SJ Body
Osage Orange,B/S,Hollow Back
Cedar/Carpathian, Double top(Carpathian/outer)
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:08 PM
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O my goodness. I've been having elaborate fantasies about an Osage/Cedar combo for a while now. Awesome.
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Old 02-05-2009, 03:23 PM
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O my goodness. I've been having elaborate fantasies about an Osage/Cedar combo for a while now. Awesome.
Tim has told me that it should have a beautiful tone. The excitement alone, I swear will probably kill me! The hard part is waiting for Healdsburg
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I got to play around with the Osage Demo Tim had a year ago. Real nice sound, great, interesting looking wood! Congrats!
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I got to play around with the Osage Demo Tim had a year ago. Real nice sound, great, interesting looking wood! Congrats!
I played that one as well, and of all the guitars Tim had at his shop, it was the one that spoke to me the most, hands down. I think the 50 year old Sitka top may have had something to do with that too
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I played that one as well, and of all the guitars Tim had at his shop, it was the one that spoke to me the most, hands down. I think the 50 year old Sitka top may have had something to do with that too
I'll attest to it's tonal splendor.....

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Now that's a new one for me. I know osage orange was used for elite longbows,........tough to work though.

...........never knew you couls make a great sounding guitar from it!
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Now that's a new one for me. I know osage orange was used for elite longbows,........tough to work though.

...........never knew you couls make a great sounding guitar from it!
Al Carruth has done extensive testing on Osage Orange's physical properties and his results compares it to closely resemble BRW [on paper]. Osage is a very HARD wood, one of the hardest and densest that we have here in the US and it will dull tools in a New York Minute. It is easy to bend (aka the elite longbow usage) and is a pleasure to finish. To my ears, it is extremely low dampening (like BRW) and rings like a GONG with LOTS of sustain (like BRW). The tone is sweet, complex and laden with rosewood-ish like overtones (like BRW). The one way that it differs from BRW is in its color. It is yellow, VERY, VERY YELLOW, like a lemon basking in the sun
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Man, that sounds like some good stuff. If we could just get it on the CITES list then Orange would be the New Brown.
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[watch me as I do my John Cotten impersonation ]

WELCOME to the forum, tarpon!

You are certainly in the right place for McKnight guitar love. I really enjoy looking at the McKnight build progress pics... very cool indeed. That sure looks like another fantastic guitar from the good folks in central Ohio

& be careful what you wish for Brent
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I played one of Tim's Osage Orange OM's a couple years ago. It was un-earthly. Congratulations.
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I'm no expert, Bob, but I think you got it down pat. A +!

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I played one of Tim's osage creations this past year, too -- and ditto on all the comments thus far. Tim's been pushing me toward osage/cedar as well, so I'll be interested to hear feedback once the build is complete.

As to osage as an exterior wood: Tim gave me two small slats of osage orange and told me to place one in a sunny spot, one in a closet. The initial brilliance (lemon-yellow, for lack of a better comparison) has, in the sunshine (which is far from ample in my northern-Michigan abode during the winter), mellowed into a rich gold. It'd make an interesting body wood, I think, in addition to its properties as an hollow-back tone wood.
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That really (REALLY) interesting. The Osage Orange in my area is mainly used as a "protective" hedge row / property line defense sort of thing. They have awful thorns on them. I've seen some that were quite old - but didn't know they would eve get big enough to use for a guitar - sides, maybe - but for backs I'm really surprised by that.

I can only imagine it will be a very unique looking guitar once it's finished out. Please keep us informed. Very cool!
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Now a few more pictures!!






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