I wonder the same, how does someone know it is the tree...A couple of observations with this "Tree Wood " after bending and fitting the end blocks and linings. ... first off when you receive the wood it has a rich red colour but after thickness sanding it just becomes like any other mahogany with the grain barely visible ...do the timber merchants treat the sets with some chemical to enhance the grain as a sales gimmick ? also I found it was not easy to bend, mostly down to "grain runout" my first attempt (on a sample off cut) at 0.075" just broke in two cleanly it only bent ok when I reduced the thickness to 0.0625", I also tried soaking it in veneer softener only to find out that it received a lot of staining from the bending iron, so I gave up on that ....Then after fitting the end blocks I found while sanding on the radius dish ready to fit the linings that the edges were very brittle and easily splinted so I had to take a lot of care and sand it gently... I am now waiting for the glue to set on the linings and I'll get back and report later today on the progress.
One of my pet moans is "how much valuable exotic wood is wasted with routing sawing and sanding and ends up as dust "the thinner the plates the more is wasted ...you can now see why Gibson and others are now laminating a photographic image of the grain on top of less expensive wood... I'm told that the latest examples use a 3D image method that's very hard to distinguish from the real thing.Well done Ken. I have always been totally impressed by your level of determination and grit All my sides are laminated now or 'layered' a sa well-known manufacturer says in their snake oil blurb.
The amount of pop post-initial coat is amazing! The wood looked barely capable of the pop.