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Old 03-14-2005, 05:53 PM
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Default Has anyone played the eucalyptus Martin?

Just curious on what those of you who have played one thought of it. How it sounds? Is it going to be a viable option to using other scarce hardwoods?
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Eucalyptus? You sure about that? Do you mean the the model made from "Lyptus"? Not the same as the "eucalyptus" we are familiar with in the states. I believe it is a hybrid between our "Eucalyptus" and another species....grown in Brazil, as far as I know.
I wouldn't expect our species of "eucalyptus" to be a good tone wood...grows very fast, splinters, not considered, as far as I know, a "hardwood". Thats why you never see it used for furniture. Kind of a giant weed.
No experience with "Lyptus"
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I think the Aussie band, the Koala's play those .
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I alway thought post about guitar smells, sniffing soundholes or wood
was silly..But not in this case.
Now you can sniff your guitar hole and clear your sinuses at the same time
cool eh?

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I used to make paper Eucalyptus trees at parties. Roll up a bunch of newpaper into a big tube and then cut into the end of the tube....in four places.... then pull it out from the center of the tube and WA...LA a paper Eucalyptus tree.

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The one I played several months ago sounded very good IMO. Better than the D-16GT IMO...had more color and punch. Would be a great flatpicker.

A little pricey tho....

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John, is the "eucalyptus" that is all over Northern Ca. (a menace) or "Lyptus", the hybrid?
I'd really be surprised if it was the former....eucalyptus isn't used for any kind of furniture/cabinetry that I am aware of..and not even used for firewood (lots of sap). Basically, brought over from Australia by some ill informed entrepenour and planted all over No.Cal thinking it would make a great wood for building.....only to discover it is horrible.
I grew up with the stuff...never saw anybody use it for anything.
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Lyptus is a hybrid of two eucalyptus varieties that grow in Brazil. So it is 100% eucalyptus, just not a naturally occuring variety. The raw Lyptus I'm come in contact with had no noticeable odor. As I've said elsewhere on here I would guess it would impart a tone similar to maple, maybe even brighter. It's very hard and heavy.
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Never seen a eucalypus guitar. Sounds fascinating.Saw a dulcimar made of the stuff and some furniture. I';ve been a woodworker my entire adult life and I've only encountered a few applications with eucalyptus.Very pretty, but, I think a bit unstable? Let me know what you do with it...I'd be quite interested hearing about your expeience.
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http://www.maurysmusic.com/martin_guitar_video_clips
Go to this site and you can watch/listen to many Martins, including the Lyptus-very pretty wood, nice looking guitar overall, a bit bright for my taste. While your at the site pay special attention to the Ian Anderson, and the Quilted Maple OM...those are some awesome guitars! God bless, Pastor Harry P.S.Maury and Lori are a delight to deal with!!
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Thanks, Harry, thats a nice site. I enjoyed the Ian anderson tremendously as you suggested, also the Petros, very elegant. I wish he'd played fingerstyle on all of the, in particular , the Lyptus. The strumming thing doesn't tell me much but it sure is pretty. kinda looks like pearwood in the clip.HHMMM..that gives me and idea...I wonder?????
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I've played a couple of D16-GT Lyptus ... in different stores .... in both venues the guitar sounded impressive .... crisper, louder and punchier that its sibling D16-GT .... very very nice ..... and better appointed than the average 16 series .... IMO is a little too pricey for an introductory item to truly break into the market ...... but it's well known how Martin doesn't miss any opportunity to make money ......

If you are into alternative woods and not stuck with the conventional mahogany/rosewood deal ...... this is a great one.
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