Drop Top – #3292 – 5A Grade Flame Maple Spalted Value Tele 18.625″x13.625″x.30″



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Kiln Dried & Ready To Use
Species: Big Leaf Maple (Acer Macrophyllum)
Length: 18.625″
Combined Width: 13.625″ — 12.5″
Thickness: .30″
Telecaster Size
Disclaimer: Please review all photos carefully before purchasing

This set contains Spalted Wood. Spalting or Spalted Wood is caused while a tree is standing/living or when a tree has died or been felled laying on the ground. Considered a form of tree cancer. A cancer that actually does not kill the tree. A fungus that starts to stain the wood in the tree. If the fungus is allowed to grow it will penetrate the tree further by staining the wood causing multiple colors and erratic fungal black lines. If the spalting is well developed it can caused a total breakdown of the wood cellular structure causing heavy rot, rendering the wood useless for structural purposes. This is known as “Punky Wood”. Kimball Hardwoods categorizes our spalted products in three categories:
1. Firm Spalt –Which is the most desirable for woodworkers/instruments.
2. Mid Tier Spalt—This is the most common spalt that is sold. It will have a combination of some firm wood, predominantly soft wood, and some punky or super soft wood.
3. Punky Spalt—This is the softest and least desirable spalt from a wood working stand point. It’s important to reference that the more colors and black lines in the wood in general the wood tends to be more toward the “Punky” or soft side of the spectrum.

Spalted Wood Disclosure: Spalted wood due to its deteriorated state makes trees a prime target for insects to live in or feed on. All the things that make this wood beautiful also make this wood in some cases very difficult to work or use. Spalted wood is for an experience luthier or woodworkers application.

“Value” – A term Kimball Hardwoods uses to describe an item for sale that may have some imperfections inside the Template. To be considered a “Value” item these imperfections need to be minimal. Listed below is the imperfection or imperfections with this listing. Please review carefully before purchasing to be sure this item will work for you and your project.

This set contains Gray Stain. Gray Stain is a stain that can occur due to two primary reasons:
1. The most common reason: trees that are harvested out of season while they are sapping causing the tree to have excessive sap and minerals. If a tree that was harvested out of season is not properly and quickly dried it will produce gray stain or an overall silver-ish gray color.
2. Wood can also produce gray stain if stack and stored for long periods of time exposed to oxygen and sunlight. This is more prevalent in Maples like Big Leaf Maple where on average more out of season wood is harvested than winter harvest wood. The main cause for this is due to where Big Leaf Maple is located some areas for an example the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. In some areas, they can see upwards of 150 days a year of rain which the rainy season directly relates to the winter harvest season. It can be impossible to get heavy equipment in an out of the woods this time of year.

Additional information

Weight 4 lbs
Dimensions 24 × 10 × 2 in