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Author Topic: Instrument grade wood worth it for scratch box?  (Read 1226 times)

Offline Mad_Baron

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Instrument grade wood worth it for scratch box?
« on: July 30, 2018, 08:40:04 PM »
I have settled on a very simple yet great sounding 1 piece scratch box design (1 pc. call and a striker, no glue). Do you think it is worth the extra money to get instrument grade cedar or cherry.  Just curious.
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Offline gergg

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Re: Instrument grade wood worth it for scratch box?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2018, 10:30:06 PM »
I haven't found it necessary for a scratch box, as long as the wood is sound/solid it has always worked great for me..
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Offline KentuckyHeadhunter

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Re: Instrument grade wood worth it for scratch box?
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2018, 07:30:36 PM »
It's all about tuning the call.  And then matching the striker.  Wood may or may not even matter if everything else is right.  As far as your wood choices, cedar is always a great scratchbox wood.  I don't like cherry much as a sound board.  Not that it can't be done.  Good luck and keep us updated!
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Offline gergg

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Re: Instrument grade wood worth it for scratch box?
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2018, 09:48:41 PM »
I have built a bunch of scratchers with scrap wood from the shop. I always use cedar soundboards that are from old siding, sound great when tuned properly. As Allen said, tuning is the key, it is amazing all of the variables involved, but pretty easy & fun to figure it all out. As in all musical instruments, everything matters relative to tone generation.
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