The Tree has always been of great interest to luthiers and Mahogany lovers everywhere. The tree is a denser and stiffer Mahogany that behaves somewhat like a rosewood. It’s incredible tonal qualities teamed up with it’s stunning appearance make it one of the most highly sought after tone woods ever. It is my extreme pleasure to offer some exquisite guitars for sale made from the tree by the finest luthiers in the world, but first the story of this extraordinary wood………..
1965 Chicibul Jungle; Honduras
In 1965 in Honduras’ Chicibul Jungle a group of loggers discovered something incredible: a magnificent tree over 100ft long and 10 ft in diameter at the base. The entire tree was decorated in a spiralling bark that hinted at the serious potential of highly figured wood. With great pride and perseverance these loggers felled the tree on that day knowing that the closest mill was over 200 miles away. As daunting as it may seem to move such a large tree through the dense jungle, the loggers knew it was possible and took great pride in the challenge.
Unfortunately the fell didn’t go as they planned and the gigantic tree felled into a ravine. After it felled and was cut in half a D7 Caterpillar Tractor was brought in to move the tree, but failed miserably. The Tree rested there for 18 years.
In 1971, a local sawmill manager heard the rumour of a highly figured gigantic Mahogany tree stuck in a ravine. A mill approached Robert with an offer to recover the tree from the jungle. Robert convinced a crew of workers to go into the jungle and bring home the tree. The crew quartered the two halves with chainsaws and dragged and trucked all eight pieces through 100 miles of jungle to the river. The quartered logs were sawn again and pushed into the river and floated 70 miles to the nearest mill, an old British steam powered operation.
Once the tree was opened the crew knew why they had worked so hard recover the wood. The log was revealed to be the rarest of all figured Mahoganies, technically known as “blistered” or “quilted.” The cause of the grain is not known but is considered a genetic defect.
Novack carefully supervised his crew and over the course of 12 days the tree was milled with the best cut possible being the objective every time. Lumber in this capacity is measured in a “board foot” which is 144 cubic inches, 12 x 12 x 1. Novack milled 12,000 bd foots out the tree and only one third of that was quilted. The other two thirds were wavy or ribbony and a blend of quilting with ribbons.
After been air dried to %35 the wood was shipped to Miami and the drying was completed in an evaporator kiln. It is typical of Mahogany to take up to 11 days to dry. The tree took 30 days to kiln dry because of it’s density. 1/2 of the wood remained in Miami while the other 1/2 was shipped to Handloggers in Sausalito California.
Due to it’s historical journey and extreme rarity the tree is the most highly sought after wood for guitars today and is very,very limited in supply.
It is my extreme pleasure to offer some exquisite guitars for sale by the finest luthiers in the world
In Stock / On The Way
“THE ONE AND ONLY” 1929 OO Custom : Premium The Tree Top, The Tree Back and Sides, Ebony Binding, Pyramid Bridge – pictured above –
please inquire for pricing
The only all tree guitar constructed as well as the only the tree guitar that will be built by Richard Hoover. INCREDIBLE…… Arriving very soon
“Slash” Model: Ancient (3000 years old) Blue Sitka, The Tree Back and Sides, Cut-Away, Ebony Binding, Arm Rest, Rib Rest,Knee Rest, Gotoh 510 Tuners, Figured Honduran Mahogany Neck, Dinosaur Bone and Ancient Wolly Mammoth Inlay , Nut and Saddle
This model was commissioned by world renowned guitarist “Slash”. Only a few including Slash’s will ever be made due to the EXTREME rarity of the above materials.
extremely limited in supply
“The Guitar” by Michael Greenfield: G2.2 : Master Grade Adirondack Spruce Top, The Tree Back and Sides,Ebony Fretboard, Ebony Bridge and Bindings,Spalted Maple Rosette with Pau Heart, Laskin Arm Rest, Laskin Rib Rest, Florentine Cut-Away, DADGAD LT Multi-Scale, Mahogany Neck,Gotoh 510’s,Ibonized Bone Nut and Saddle,Evo Fret Wire please inquire about price
Greenfield has 1 set of The Tree left. You can build your dream Greenfield with The Tree for 2015. Extremely limited in supply.
Two Trees Number 2: “Lucky Strike” Redwood Top, One-piece “The Tree: Mahogany Back and Sides, “The Tree” Mahogany Headstock Veneer, African Mahogany Neck as well as aVoyage Air Equipped neck, Ebony Fretboard and Bridge, Wenge Binding, Beveled Arm Rest, 1 3/4″ Nut, 25.6″ Scale new with warranty
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“The Tree” OM; Bear-claw Sitka top, Abalone soundhole ring, Book-matched “Tortoise Shell” The Tree Mahogany Back and Sides, The Tree mahogany headstock veneer, African Mahogany Neck as well as aVoyage Air Equipped neck both with Hand Rubbed Oil Finish, Ebony Fretboard and Bridge, Wenge binding, Beveled Arm Rest, 1 3/4” nut, 25.6” scale length
Symphontree Music is very proud to offer new custom guitars with “The Tree” tone wood. Inquire today and we can get your dream guitar finished and in your hands as soon as possible. All wood is from Novack’s private reserve and is signed by Robert himself.