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    Default Tonal qualities of Paduak

    In another thread Paduak was described as "soft sounding". In my investigation of Paduak what I read was that Paduak most sounded like Walnut in tonal characteristics. I did not hear it described as "soft sounding", but maybe warm. I am curious as to the observations of people here at the Cafe about Paduak. Thank you in advance.
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    i think good paduk makes a guitar that would be similar to high quality walnut. near to a rose wood tone but a bit more treble. perfect for jumbo or bigger finger style guitars. i find the rosewoods tend to get a bit muddy on big body guitars. wamnut or paduk are a nice alternative. some don't like the reddish to pink colour but i am not fixated on traditional guitar colours.

    a couple of the best hand made guitars i have heard had paduk back and sides.

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    With a little sunlight the paduak will turn a nice brown.
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    my ukulele is definately brown, and it has darkened since I bought it.
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    Default Re: Tonal qualities of Paduak

    Barry,
    I am curious if your Paduak Uke's (nice alliteration) soft tone is due to the Paduak or other factors in the Uke, like construction, top wood, or the like?
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    Padauk does not sound like walnut at all, to my ear... it sounds very similar to East Indian rosewood IMHO, or wenge.
    Check out this mandolin I made with it, there's a sound sample, too.
    http://martinjacobson.com/id/project...us-mandolin-40

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    Marty,
    That is a lovely looking and sounding mandolin. Thank you for sharing. I really love the smooth tone that has. I am excited to be joining the paduak club.
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    Default Re: Tonal qualities of Paduak

    well a tenor uke is quieter than a soprano usually and my soprano was a plywood cheapo. I picked it up in the store, liked the smooth tone and the little pits in the wood all over just looked so rustic. I like it a lot, don't get me wrong. it isn't thin sounding like the epiphone les paul uke I tried. but playing it acoustic only I'd have to sing quieter to balance levels
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    I hear lacquering the inside of the back, , logically , makes the reflected sound less 'soft'..
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    I have a Bourgeois D guitar with Padauk back and sides, Adirondack top...fantastic sounding instrument. I find the Padauk to be warm like rosewood but with a bit more treble leaning toward mahogany, probably right down the middle btw those two woods.

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