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Old 02-07-2005, 03:02 PM
MiddleAgesMan MiddleAgesMan is offline
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Default cherry

Cherry darkens faster than most woods, especially if it's just clearcoated (no stain). Give the natural cherry a hundred years or so and it will be very, very dark.

That's one reason cherry is frequently stained. The other is that different boards can have drastically different aging qualities. A good color match when new may look like three different shades in a year or two. Since a quality guitar is going to have a book-matched back that was cut from the same board, that particular problem shouldn't apply in most cases.

BTW, cherry is similar to good mahogany in density. I'd call it medium hard/soft.
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