Distinguishing quartersawn from flatsawn Brazilian rosewood.

Any way to tell if the rosewood is quartersawn by looking at it?  (see attached pic)

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You can't call that either. When you take a section from a smaller log you get a mix of both flatsawn and quartered grain. Picture a slice going right through the center of the tree- the grain would appear as straight parallel lines. Flatsawn wood can have wild grain like you see at the outer edges of that back.

Nice back; what is the guitar?

It is a 2007 Blueridge BR 260, solid Brazilian rosewood.  According to Saga they managed to secure a load of recovered tree stump Brazilian rosewood and made a limited run.  It's not a Martin but at my age when a solid Brazilian rosewood guitar is on your bucket list for 20 years you get what you can.  Here's a quote from one of Frank's YouTube videos "If you don't take care of Brazilian rosewood it will crack; if you take care of it it will crack.  It's going to crack eventually".  So my guess is this guitar will someday crack. 

I was going to guess it was some of that stumpwood. Martin used some too, and from what I was told it cracked easily while being worked, and much CA was used to enable sides to be bent from it.


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