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Discussion in 'Standard Guitars' started by Desecrated, Jan 14, 2008.
Harmony Central®:Yamaha Announces World's First All-Bamboo Guitar
Never know till ya try it, I guess. At least it's highly sustainable.
I think it would be great as reinforcement on necks.
I think that it sounds very orientalish
What's the price?
This is why I like Yamaha, they're always using different kinds of wood. Oak drums anyone?
I'm really surprised Yamaha decided to try out a material like bamboo on an acoustic guitar first. it would seem to make more sense to try it on a solidbody where guitarists may be a little less conservative.
But the fact that that guitar was released in 2000 and it's now 2008 and there's been little or no progress in this area is a good indication that this guitar was too far ahead of its time. I think the only production instruments using bamboo are Chapman Sticks. I'd love to try building a bamboo guitar if i could find a good source of laminated bamboo lumber.
It's been rattling around in my head for a while too. The idea is to use plys running "the long way" for the neck and "the short way" for the body, potentially with a "log way" cap, if the cross-cut grain doesn't look good as a top.
Do a search for "Plyboo", there might be a distributor up your way. IIRC, the folks that make the brand "Plyboo" also make cutting boards, which would be good if you wanted the grain of the body to be perpendicular to the neck (i.e. "the short way"), and "dimensional lumber" (standard American 1x2, 1x4, etc.) without the plys criss-crossing (ala plywood), which would be good for the neck.
As cool as this is, I think that the glue used to bond the plys would have a much bigger effect on the overall tone than the glue used when making a typical guitar.
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Cool. I'll have to look into a couple of those suppliers. I have some samples from PlyBoo, but they seem to be more focused on flooring. Those Teragren panels look perfect. Thanks, Jonathan!