Silkwood Maple, also known as Queensland Maple or Flindersia brayleyana, is a hardwood species native to Australia that is sometimes used for making acoustic guitars. It has a number of properties that can make it a good choice for guitar making.
One of the main reasons why it is good for making acoustic guitars is its tonal properties. It has a warm and balanced tone with good sustain and projection. It is often compared to mahogany in terms of its tonal characteristics, but with a slightly brighter tone.
Silkwood Maple is also known for its stability, which can help prevent warping or cracking over time. It is a relatively lightweight wood, making it a good choice for guitar backs and sides, as it can help increase the guitar’s overall resonance.
Another benefit of Silkwood Maple is its appearance. It has a straight and consistent grain pattern with a light to medium brown colour, which can make for a visually appealing guitar.
Silkwood Maple is also a sustainable wood source, as it is commonly harvested from sustainably managed forests in Australia.
Overall, Silkwood Maple’s tonal properties, stability, appearance, and sustainability make it a viable option for guitar making, particularly for those interested in using more unique or lesser-known tonewoods.
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