osage orange tonewood
Given the new restrictions recently placed on the trade of all wood in the Dalbergia genus, I think that the use of Osage Orange tonewood is long overdue. Back when I worked at Gallagher Guitar Co. I was handling set after set of Indian and Brazilian Rosewood. At that time, most of my experience with Osange Orange was in the form of firewood, but the resulting high pitch "ping" that occurred upon my dropping of a log on a concrete floor began my curiosity over its similarities to Brazilian, Cocobolo, Honduran and the other rosewoods we use for building guitars. As far back as 10 years ago I began to see myself introducing this wood into the tonewood market as a luthier and I am just now realizing that dream.