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Old 05-26-2020, 10:06 PM
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Default Which rosewood does this 74 Contreras have?

I just bought a used 74 Contreras classical guitar. The seller thought it was Brazilian rosewood then later he was told that it probably is Indian rosewood. Can anyone tell me which rosewood is the back and side made of? Guitar has not arrived my home yet.







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Old 05-26-2020, 10:14 PM
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My guess, Brazilian. Reasons: purplish tone inside, 1974 too early to be using the dramatic grain of more recent decades, and the outer grain - back and sides - is a bit dramatic for Indian.
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Old 05-26-2020, 10:36 PM
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Thank you.
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Old 05-26-2020, 11:04 PM
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Looks like East Indian Rosewood to me.
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Old 05-27-2020, 03:56 AM
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Default Indian rosewood

Almost certainly Indian rosewood from the photos.
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Old 05-27-2020, 07:08 AM
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Indian rosewood.
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Old 05-27-2020, 10:43 AM
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That is Rio, almost certain. The golden sections say so.
And a very nice cut also, I tend to prefer the more regular cuts.

Good luck to you.
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Old 05-27-2020, 11:26 AM
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Looking into the purplish coloring, it's the IR that has that in deeper tones, the Brazilian displaying it in lighter tones. The yellow is a Brazilian trait.
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Old 05-27-2020, 02:05 PM
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It'll be easy enough to tell once the OP has the guitar in hand:
EIR smells musky, Brazilian smells like heavenly bubblegum.
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Old 07-28-2020, 02:33 PM
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The guitar has very strong sweet smell. Does it make it Brazilian?
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