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Old 07-01-2009, 10:45 AM
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I recently purchased a washburn solid rosewood parlor guitar. I was doing some specs research and some sites list the back and sides made of Rosewood. Others spec'ed Trembesi Wood?? Anybody have a clue what Trembesi wood is? I am presuming it to be a certain kind of Rosewood.
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I recently purchased a washburn solid rosewood parlor guitar. I was doing some specs research and some sites list the back and sides made of Rosewood. Others spec'ed Trembesi Wood?? Anybody have a clue what Trembesi wood is? I am presuming it to be a certain kind of Rosewood.

According to this thread at UGMF, you've got yourself a guitar with monkeypod B/S.

http://theunofficialmartinguitarforu...Trembesi-.html

Interesting to note that it was another Washburn that generated the thread.

Many of the Google listings for "Trembisi wood" also call it "Samenea" and state it comes from Indonesia. A Google search on this term turned up this:

Rain Tree is a Mahogany Grain Wood
Rain Tree wood, Kayu, Suwar (or Suar), is a form of Mahogany and is a much higher quality of wood to carve with than cheaper types of wood like Kayu Pule, Kayu Sandat, or Kayu Cempaka. The Scientific name for Suwar/Suar wood is Samanea Saman and it is commonly known in the English as Rain Tree wood. Another common name for the Rain Tree is Monkeypod relating to the fact that it has seed pods which are edible.

Hard to know. I did notice that parlor back didn't quite look like EIR. Don't get too hung up on the type of wood...it's all in the sound and feel.

Hope this helps.
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Here is the Wikipedia link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albizia_saman

The entry indicates that "Trembisi" is the Javanese name for the tree. Looks like it is a South American native which has been widely introduced to the Pacific.

What a cool tree! They're HUGE!!!
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It is not related to rosewood. It is not related to mahogany. It is what it is. If it were a rosewood its botanical name would start with the word Dalbergia. If it were a mahogany its botanical name would start with the word Swietenia. Manufacturers love to use the common names rosewood and mahogany for completely different kinds of wood since they can bamboozle you and get a better price. They also sell more guitars if they can make you think you are getting real rosewood or mahogany by using confusing common names. That is why you need to always ask what is the botanical name - so you will know what kind of wood it really is. There is no way to fudge what kind of wood it really is when you have the botanical name.
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