This is one of the less known woods, but Victory Island Cypress is a good option for classic guitar because of its characteristics: its light colour and its stability. This wood is difficult to damage, deform or having small cracks. Also, this wood has acoustic proprieties very similar to those which are used in tops.
Victory Island Cypress sides are also a good option for classic guitar because of his great value for money.
BOTANIC NAME: Cupressus nootkaterisis
COMMON NAMES: Victory Island Cypress, Yellow Cedar, American Cypress.
DESCRIPTION: Density 430-530 Kg/m3. Heartwood is a light yellow. Sapwood is a similar whitish/pale yellow and isn’t distinct from the heartwood. colour tends to darken with age upon exposure to light. Grain is usually straight, sometimes wavy, with a uniform medium to fine texture.
RECOMMENDATIONS: Easy to work with both hand and machine tools, though pieces with wavy grain may produce tear out during planning. Stains, glues, and finishes well. Dust can cause skin irritation
DRYING: Easy drying chamber process.
USES: Guitar backs and sides.