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Our Main Options

We would like to use this page as means to explain why we do not use endangered woods, unless it is a custom order. The surrounding hills of the Charlottesville area provide us with a variety of tone woods that many luthiers would have never thought to try. We have found that the tones produced in the videos below are just as productive and beautiful as typical rosewoods and mahogany .

We, also, want to show of the several options of instruments we build. From Mandocellos to Guitars. From unison to octave strung mandocellos.

We also believe that Jason might have had too much fun making these videos.

Cherry

Christopher Dammann

Cherry is a vibrant, bright, and reflective tone wood. With qualities similar to maple, it is a very well rounded sound with plenty of bounce.

Black Locust

Christopher Dammann

Black Locust offers a bright tone on the highs and a deep punchy low end. It has a sound much like a cross between rosewood and mahogany. A great wood for flatpickers and fingerpickers alike!

Black Walnut

Christopher Dammann

Black Walnut as a tone wood has a rich deep, thick, mahogany-like tone. The lows are silky and subtle with amazing sustain. The high end is mellow, but cuts through very well.

Osage Orange

Christopher Dammann

Osage has a tone much like the tone of Rosewood. In color, it is a beautiful deep orange with hints of tans and umber. With age this color deepens even more.

It’s brilliant high end matches nicely with the robust lows it produces. Unlike rosewood, Osage tends to be even from highs, to lows, and mids.

An Explanation Of Our Tonewoods

Jason Ring

At Dammann, we try to shy away from the endangered species trees if possible. We have discovered that right here in Charlottesville, and the surrounding area, we have a beautiful array of tone woods right at our fingertips!!! These locally harvested woods are also quick growth and regrowing trees.

The main woods we enjoy working with the most are:

Black Locust

Osage Orange

Walnut

Cherry

Since our bread and butter is Mandocellos and Mandolas, many of the videos to come will be such. The guitar will show up from time to time to show off our new builds as they arrive.

Black Locust is a gorgeous wood with a very unique grain. With age it stays light in color with a glisten that is like no other wood. the lines of the grain, however darken to an almost black. The contrast pops wonderfully. The video below is #80. Specs are listed in the video. Check back often for more!!!

Our Side Port OM Guitars

Jason Ring

This video will compare our OM SP guitars. Both guitars are similar builds with minor changes in bracing and other options that make some powerful changes.