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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / Anyone tried a torrefied wood acoustic yet?

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downslope of life

Quod ad porcarium tempus est?
Mar 19th, 2015 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I ran across this Recording King video which has a decent comparison between two guitars, same model, with and without torrefied wood.

YT: Recording King video

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Mar 19th, 2015 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Their comparison test is bogus IMHO. You can't compare non-cooked Sitka to cooked Adirondack. The difference I hear is between the two spruce types.

I'm not dissing the process and I don't think it's snake oil but, I can't get past the ugliness of the cooked tops. Again, MHO/YMMV..

You can also hear hi-end guitars with torrified tops at Artisan Guitars. Bourgeois calls theirs "Aged Tone" and Huss Dalton Is (Thermo Cured). I'm not sure if Collings is cooking tops yet. I think Dana was first IIRC.

What a nice 12 fret parlor that is in the video. 25.5 scale length puts the bridge closer to the center of the lower bout. Sorta like when you beat on the middle of a drum vs nearer the edge. Plus it has a cutaway and they can be had for $500.

I'm re-thinking my recent Blueridge B-42 purchase.


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I-10 west before PCH
Mar 20th, 2015 06:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

Taylor uses this in its new maple body, spruce top 6-series.

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Mar 20th, 2015 07:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's a Martin D-18 with a sycamore back & sides and Sitka Torrified top.

Martin D-18



Mar 27th, 2015 08:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

When spruce is naturally aged, you retain the lattice structure of the cell walls. This process destroys the cell walls and dries the wood by releasing intracellular water. It's not a better process...just more practical and different. It might effect the long term strength and stiffness of the wood....but the braces could be made to compensate for that.

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Hawaii, USA

Perfect is the enemy of good enough
Mar 27th, 2015 05:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Was not part of the allure attaining that golden aged look of spruce on an older acoustic?? Or is is sonic too in their estimation?

My goodness, the price of some of those is absolutely astounding!!

(This message was last edited by jay1vinton at 07:56 PM, Mar 27th, 2015)

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So. Cal. USA

Mar 30th, 2015 12:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been hunting for a new Taylor 612 or 614ce to try out and test this process.

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San Francisco, CA

Apr 25th, 2015 07:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've played a Taylor and a Collings torrefied guitar recently.

First off, I really don't like the appearance. The guitars look like they've been in a fire or something.

Tone wise, the Taylor sounded like a Taylor to MY ears (i.e., poor sustain), and the Collings sounded like all Collings- incredible!

I don't see any torre-topped guitars in my future.


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