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Mesquite Guitar Dreams
by Lynda Carson (newzland2 [at] gmail.com)
Friday Jun 4th, 2021 3:42 AM
Me and my exotic beautiful piece of mesquite hardwood that is shaped like a guitar, and is an alternative to using hardwoods that may become an endangered species someday. Photo taken on June 2, 2021, by Max Lynch, during the coronavirus covid-19 pandemic.
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Mesquite Guitar Dreams

By Lynda Carson - June 4, 2021

Oakland - This gorgeous piece of mesquite guitar shaped hardwood with wild tree ring patterns of reddish-orange, yellow, brown, and golden hues swirling in majestic dazzling patterns is native to the Sonoran Desert region near Phoenix, and is known as Chilean mesquite wood.

It is around 38 inches in length, and around an inch and a half thick after being fed through a thickness sander (drum sander), and gently hand sanded to a smooth finish. This beautiful exotic piece of guitar shaped mesquite wood is beckoning to be made into an electric guitar with pickups, fretboard, bridge, tailpiece, nut (string guide), machine heads (turning keys), and some volume and tone knobs, so that it may be played along with its older relatives known as the Les Paul, and Stratocaster guitars.

This guitar shaped exotic wood grew and made its journey from the Sonoran Desert long ago outside of Phoenix. It came from the land of gila monsters, and diamondback rattlesnakes, aggressive scorpions, beautiful saguaro cactus, and the wild mysterious Superstition Mountains, where people are still searching for the Lost Dutchman’s gold mine.

Barely a handful of luthiers/guitar builders across the nation have ventured into building acoustic and electric guitars out of mesquite. However, more and more of the fine craftspeople are building their fine instruments out of mesquite as more, and more typical hardwoods normally used for guitar making are becoming rare, and protected as an endangered species.

As an example, one of these fine handmade acoustic guitars made out of mesquite may be seen and heard on the website of Dream Guitars by clicking here.

Another fine example is this fine banjo made of bubinga and mesquite, that may also be seen and heard by clicking here.

Additionally, a few beautiful electric guitars made out of mesquite may be seen by clicking here, or by clicking here.

Using mesquite as a hardwood for building guitars as an alternative to using hardwoods that are becoming an endangered species may not be a popular idea at the moment, but someday it may be worth looking into.

My Guitar Dreams are to have this beautiful exotic guitar shaped piece of mesquite wood turned into a beautiful guitar someday, that would be a rare beauty to behold, such as a one of a kind intoxicating dazzling sunset that has never been seen before.

Lynda Carson may be reached at newzland2 [at] gmail.com


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§A beautiful dobro that I made...
by Lynda Carson
Friday Jun 4th, 2021 3:44 AM
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Photo of a beautiful dobro that I made and need to finish someday...
§Another beautiful acoustic guitar that I made
by Lynda Carson
Friday Jun 4th, 2021 3:47 AM
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Another beautiful acoustic guitar that I made that has a Sitka spruce top, and Indian rosewood for the back and sides. (LC)
§Correction: Chilean mesquite is native to South America
by Lynda Carson
Friday Jun 4th, 2021 6:02 AM
Correction: Chilean mesquite is native to South America, but popular in Southern Arizona.

(LC)

Click below...

https://www.horticultureunlimited.com/plant-guide/chilean-mesquite-tree/

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