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Title: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: tdolan on October 14, 2014, 07:33:35 PM
Greetings,

I am new to the forum, but am looking for opinions on the use of white oak for a Fraulini Francesca. 

Thanks,
tdolan
Title: Re: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: Norfolk Slim on October 15, 2014, 12:26:03 AM
White oak is pretty. 

Also sounds pretty fine for back and sides to me.

If it helps, here are a couple of video recordings of my Fraulini Erma, which has white oak back and sides.  Not great recordings but you get the idea.  Of course, most of the tone is in the bracing and top imo, the back and sides being a lesser factor.

I am the Ride - Chris Smither (Cover) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9m6BeBKF9E#ws)
Woman Woman Blues- Ishmon Bracey (cover) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSEjWxV4rFs#ws)
Title: Re: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: sustaireblues on October 15, 2014, 07:49:06 AM
I think white oak makes a great blues guitar. Hans Brentrup makes some fine ones! Check out his website here.... http://www.brentrup.com/index.html (http://www.brentrup.com/index.html)
Title: Re: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: onewent on November 11, 2014, 02:09:12 PM
I love the tone of the old oak Stellas, and I've played some Fraulinis in oak and like the sound of them, too.  Tom
Title: Re: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: Bed Bug Bill on November 12, 2014, 03:27:51 AM
There is nothing wrong with oak as back and sides for a guitar.It is not widely used,because it's not fashionable.I was at a seminar held by a luthier,big name,you will all know,who laughed when asked about oak,It was beneath him to use it. I wanted to ask him if he'd heard of the Larson brothers,but showed unusual restraint and bit my tongue.Lot's of grain filling,but you can black or sunburst ,if you don't like the light colour.Would think it could be great for a slide guitar or the loudest 12 string ever.
Title: Re: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: joe paul on November 12, 2014, 10:51:29 AM
here are a couple of video recordings of my Fraulini Erma

Nice sound and sweet playing on the Ishmon Bracey song !

Gordon
Title: Re: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: ndlxs on November 12, 2014, 02:40:13 PM
I have a Victoria B&J Oak parlor guitar; here is me playing my arrangement of the Kenny Hall tune "Hobb Dye":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8n1k7Z0U2Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8n1k7Z0U2Y)
Title: Re: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: Bald Melon Jefferson on November 13, 2014, 09:45:59 AM
One of my favorite tone woods. I've own 3 very different oak guitars, all stellar. Todd does great things with oak! (and great things in general). I love the look as well. Can't go wrong in my opinion.
The Bentrup's simply look great!...but I've never played or heard one.
Gary
Title: Re: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: blueshome on November 13, 2014, 01:18:57 PM
I have  a Fraulini Angelina 12-string in white oak with red spruce top. sounds great.
Title: Re: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: frailer24 on November 13, 2014, 04:02:45 PM
Anyone had any experience with an oak dreadnought? Thought it might make a good bluegrass box.
Title: Re: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: GhostRider on November 14, 2014, 08:27:14 AM
Greetings,

I am new to the forum, but am looking for opinions on the use of white oak for a Fraulini Francesca. 

Thanks,
tdolan

I have a six-string Francesca in oak, the first (and only) six-string version Todd's made (?). She's a big girl. Go for it.

Alex
Title: Re: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: Bed Bug Bill on April 02, 2015, 03:25:25 PM
I once had a dalmation puppy that ate my Lyon and Healy Oak parlor guitar. She doesn't live here anymore.
Title: Re: white oak as a tone wood
Post by: Mr.OMuck on April 02, 2015, 07:17:27 PM
Love Oak! What a beautiful PLENTIFUL wood! It has a unique sound kind of a cross between Maple and Rosewood to my ears.
Here's me playing Frank's Oak Fraulini Angelina. Notice the last Bell like note with the multitude of hanging overtones at the end.

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