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2003 R7 Brazilian

Dishimyuh

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I think that I am going to try to find an '03 Brazilian R7. What is this going to cost me?
 

skyeking69

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Ask Mark from Mark's Guitar Loft. He's had more than a few
of them in his shop..
 

wizard333

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I dont understand the fascination. Braz board yeah, but 03 isnt real honduran mahogany on the body. Real Honduran with indian board is going to sound closer to the 'real thing' if vintage is what you want.
 

LPCollector

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I dont understand the fascination. Braz board yeah, but 03 isnt real honduran mahogany on the body. Real Honduran with indian board is going to sound closer to the 'real thing' if vintage is what you want.

:rolleyes
 

kink56

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Those who OWN a BRW get the facination, those who don't own one, well, they don't own one!
 

sidekick

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I dont understand the fascination. Braz board yeah, but 03 isnt real honduran mahogany on the body. Real Honduran with indian board is going to sound closer to the 'real thing' if vintage is what you want.

The fascination is because confirmed BR is a limited run and if you bought one at the right price in '03 you can double, (maybe even triple) your money. You have a point concerning the Honduran mahogany.... For many though, it is all about "historical accuracy" and the BR 'board historics somehow caught the imagination of so many. Excepting certain Page runs and the Rossington, confirmed BR historics have achieved a fairly unique position, (IMO).
 

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I dont understand the fascination. Braz board yeah, but 03 isnt real honduran mahogany on the body. Real Honduran with indian board is going to sound closer to the 'real thing' if vintage is what you want.

I believe that the subject of "Honduran Mahogany" has been discussed here before in some detail. If memory serves, there is no such species as "Honduran Mahogany", nor was it ever documented anywhere that the '50s instruments were built exclusively with mahogany that originated in Honduras.

Sorry I don't have time to search for the thread, and I hope someone will correct me if I'm wrong.
 

BillyBling

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Didn't Regan stop the supply of Honduran Mahogany?


all joking aside - I'd love to hear about the Honduran Mahogany thing.
 

Gold Tone

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Seems to have decreased a bit?

What's a 2003 Brazilian R8 Plaintop worth today?

I'm so out of touch with this since I sold my Braz R9 last year.
 

plaintop60

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I believe that the subject of "Honduran Mahogany" has been discussed here before in some detail. If memory serves, there is no such species as "Honduran Mahogany", nor was it ever documented anywhere that the '50s instruments were built exclusively with mahogany that originated in Honduras.

Sorry I don't have time to search for the thread, and I hope someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

You're right. "Honduran Mahogany" is a marketing term and or colloquial name for Swietenia Macrophyllia, or "Bigleaf Mahogany. It grows all over central and South America. Certain coasta plain regions particularly arounf Honduras and surrounding countries in Central America have stands of this wood thar is the most desirable, but good wood can be found all over CA and Eastern coastal regions as far north as Mexico. Destructive logging techniques forced the Honduran government to make logging of Swietenia Marchophylia illegal, but recently, I believe in 2005, legal logging began again in Honduras due to a new program that allows eco-friendly harvesting. Swietenia Macrophylia is the only true Mahogany that is used for musical instrument production. African Mahogany, also used for musical instruments is not a Mahogany at all, although it is a perfectly suitable species for musical instruments. Philipinne Mahogany is used for flooring and not MI production. So in short, if you have a guitar made of Mahogany, it IS "Honduras Mahogany" even if it comes from Venezuela or Mexico.
 

Tuco

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Plaintop60, yes, yours was the post that I was trying to recall. Thanks for refreshing my sadly aging memory. :salude
 

Dino_k

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FWIW, my local hardwood lumberwood sells what we would call Honduran Mahogany as "Real Mahogany". Personally I like the African Mahogany every bit as much as the Honduran Mahogany, and in many ways it is far more attractive. Phillipine Mahogany, on the other hand, is very dry and brittle, splinters easily and doesn't look anywhere near as nice as the other varieties, IMHO. It tends to be quite light though, which some people like.
 
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