Soundboard identification!

Dan
Dan
@dan
4 years ago
141 posts

...looks like butternut to me......

 

DAN

www.dulcimore.com

joe sanguinette
joe sanguinette
@joe-sanguinette
4 years ago
73 posts

it might be butternut

Stewart McCormick
Stewart McCormick
@stewart-mccormick
4 years ago
65 posts
Danny, I just might take you up on that offer haha! And Ken, I never had a good nose, unless it was cattle yard or gasoline... Might see if I can bribe the girlfriend into a sniff test!
I was contemplating sending a message to Cedar Creek, don't know if anyone knew but a guy around my age or younger is running it. And he and his wife seem like really nice people...
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
4 years ago
1,867 posts

Just do the "scratch n sniff" test!  Slip a piece if coarse sandpaper inside where that deer is, and sand around in underside. If is does not smell of 'root beer', it's not sassafras!

Danny Williams
Danny Williams
@danny-williams
4 years ago
1 posts

I don't disagree, but I say it's impossible to tell from a photo, even if it were a professional one. I work sassafras albidum nearly every day, it's one of the staples in my shop. It's heavy, only slightly lighter than black cherry (31 lbs per cubic foot, to 35 for cherry). The pore structure, as usual,  is the key to positive identification, and if you're a science type person you'll like to see http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0141635903000771

If you want, send me your address and I'll mail you a little scrap of S. albidum, so you can compare it yourself.

 

Stewart McCormick
Stewart McCormick
@stewart-mccormick
4 years ago
65 posts
*similar model with a purple heart top...
Stewart McCormick
Stewart McCormick
@stewart-mccormick
4 years ago
65 posts
I think you both are right! It is lighter, and louder,than my similar mode with a purple heart top...
Bob
Bob
@bob
4 years ago
86 posts

It does look like sassafras.

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John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
4 years ago
283 posts

I just went to Cedar Creek's website, and they list sassafras as an available soundboard wood.

Could be that.  Does it seem like dense, heavy wood or is it lighter?  Sassafras is relatively soft and light.

Stewart McCormick
Stewart McCormick
@stewart-mccormick
4 years ago
65 posts
Full front view...
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Stewart McCormick
Stewart McCormick
@stewart-mccormick
4 years ago
65 posts
Hello,
My friends recently found me a 2002 Cedar Creek at a local auction. It plays great but I am curious about what the sound board is made of? It looks like white oak to me but I figured I would let the real experts have a look too! Thanks in advance!
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updated by @stewart-mccormick: 06/18/17 09:28:08PM