Alder for acoustic instruments?

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Chris Mudd
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Alder for acoustic instruments?

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Hello all!
I just found a very large stash of Alder 2x2 planks at a great price. I don't want to pass on a great deàl if it could be useful. I know it it useful for solid body guitars, it haven't heard of it being used on mandolins or acoustic guitars.

Does anyone use alder for internal parts on acoustic instruments? Is it any use for linings or braces?



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Peter Wilcox
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Re: Alder for acoustic instruments?

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I too have a large stash of alder, offcuts I picked up over the years from a cabinet shop. I've used it for necks, linings, sides and a back on several acoustic instruments, and of course I've glued up pieces for a number of electric bodies and laminated necks.

I'm an inexperienced hobbyist so take this with a grain of salt, but I've had no failures yet from the alder.
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Ryan Mazzocco
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Re: Alder for acoustic instruments?

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I've built 7 acoustic guitars with Alder kerfings. no problems. I used it because I had it lying around. I've wondered about using it for a top. Would probably be similar to a cherry top, but that's just a guess. Try it and let me know how it goes. :D

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