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Pommelle sapele guitar back and sides set Classic size grade A**
Entandophragma cylindricum sourced from West Africa
Photo is of a typical set.
Pommelle is a rare and highly prized form of figure technically very similar to the equally rare and highly prized quilted figure sometime seen in American maple ( acer macrophyllum ).It would be hard to find a better example of how special figure in wood can elevate the humblest of wood to the utmost of ‘bling’.It really is unusual for solid pommelle to escape the attention of veneer cutters and this is therefore a rare offering indeed.
AAA – Quarter sawn wood or nearly so.
AA – Wood that is quartered to one edge, (where the centre joint of the back will be ), gradually straying from the quarter ending up slab sawn at the opposite edge.
A – Wood that is slab sawn, the main slab sawn area being approximately half way across the board.
* - One or more asterisks may be added to the grade mark to indicate wood that is aesthetically more pleasing or desirable by virtue of colour, intensity of figure or fineness of grain.
Back and sides sets are pre matched for colour and character.
Back and sides sets frequently are different grades for the back and the sides e.g. AAA sides and AA back. The valuation of these sets assumes the back and the sides each represent 50% of the value of a set and are then added together.
Western size backs 2pc 560mm x 205mm and up x 4mm sides 2pc 830mm x 120mm and up x 3.5mm Classic size backs 2pc 530mm x 190mm and up x 4mm sides 2pc 780mm x 100mm and up x 3.5mm
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