Has anyone built an instrument using pecan?
Wood officionado here. Isn't pecan pretty much like hickory? Would think similar properties to oak , ash, etc.
The real dnager I see in using it for a guitar is the potential for the mispronunciation of this great Texas nut , and wood:
A " pee-can" guitar just doesn't have that dignified appeal !
Has anyone used Carya illinoinensis ( it's a bright sounding member of the Hickory family known as Pecan) wood for any part of any guitars? I.E bridges, necks, solid bodies, acoustical sides or backs. I know of Cardinal Instruments who use their local resources for luthiery materials which includes Pecan, Mesquite, and Cyprus. The spalted and wormed woods are, I think, exotic looking.
I was wondering if any of the eminent Luthiers who frequent this site have any experience with this material?
Regards to all,
Having grand parents from South Carolina I'm of the "pee can" speakers (like you keep outside your tent on cold nights). But tone wise it is effectively a hickory - just a softer, more brittle one - and really wouldn't make a very good guitar wood. Of that "family" of nut trees walnut (juglans species) are going to product to best tone woods. As an aside I suspect that any pecan that you'd acquire is old orchard wood (old grafts produce wild and wonderful figures with poor acoustic properties) so it's going to be hard to find a any slow growth wood (and pecan is about the shortest lived hickory anyway). When not grafted onto dwarf root stock hickories can reach 60-80 feet and over three feet in diameter with a long clear trunk before the first branch (typical hickory pattern) but orchard trees are kept low enough - or used to be before mechanization - for ladder picking with low and frequent branching (and most are now subject to mechanical shaking to drop the nuts which would, I think, tend to weaken the wood structure).
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