Rosie Heydenrych of Turnstone guitars asked me to check out some of her new instruments this week, two of which feature Monterey Cypress soundboards - a new one on me! Have a listen and let me know your thoughts!
Here's a TM model (15" lower bout) with Fenland Black Oak on the back and sides. This is one of Rosie's E series guitars and it's very inspiring to hear what she's doing with English woods.
And here's a TG - Rosie's 16" sj model in Cocobolo with a Monterey Jack soundboard
If you want to contrast with some more traditional woods here's a cutaway TG in Brazilian Mahogany and Alpine Spruce
There's a full write-up on my blog too if you fancy. I recorded a video interview with Rosie too and I'll share that here as soon as it's ready!
I thought cypress had a definite sound, a bit similar to cedar. It’s not something I would use as I like to dig in more. It did sound great for James Taylor style picking.
I’ve played a few big oak guitars now, including those from Rosie and Adrian. They look great but have been somewhat lacking in sound for me. However, a guitar made of English woods has an attraction. But the problem might simply have been my technique !
Onechordtrick: I was reading a book this morning. Some of you may remember them, made from dead trees. I needed to know the time so glanced up to the top left corner of the page. Was very confused when it wasn’t there!
Jan 18, 2020 18:52:41 GMT
curmudgeon: Ordered a Chinese takeaway - just picked it up and as I was driving home, I heard the bag rustling and moving!!! I wondered if a rat or mouse had got in the bag - thought I could see a little pair of eyes - looked again and here it was ... A peeking duck!
Jan 18, 2020 19:40:30 GMT
NikGnashers: I was talking to an old WW2 Japanese kamikaze pilot, who said his code name was 'chow mein'. I asked how come he had lived to such an old age, he said "well, I was chicken chow mein"
Jan 29, 2020 13:23:02 GMT
Onechordtrick: When I checked into my hotel last night they upgraded me to a suite. With a panoramic view!
Feb 6, 2020 6:43:18 GMT
Onechordtrick: They did the same thing this week except in Liverpool
Feb 20, 2020 22:54:35 GMT
scorpiodog: I got upgraded at a hotel in Liverpool and ended up with a fab view of the Liver building and the docks. Liverpool waterside is fantastic. No complaints. Never been to Birmingham.
Feb 22, 2020 8:39:06 GMT
Onechordtrick: If the room had been on the other side of the building I’d have had a great view, all I got was a view of the office where I was to spend the next day. On the plus side my planning is rarely so good that I’m that close to my destination when booking a hote
Feb 25, 2020 6:58:50 GMT