The Making of Langcaster Kauri Guitars
The oldest wood ever to be used for the making of a electric guitar ! 35000 years old.
What is swamp Kauri
The term "Swamp
Kauri" tends to suggest that Kauri trees grew in swamp areas.
This was not the case, but rather the reverse as Kauri could
not stand 'wet feet'. Over millions of years there have been
great geological changes in New Zealand, involving the ice age,
earthquakes, eruptions severe gales, vast floods, catastrophic
landslides even continental plate movements.
How old is Swamp Kauri
of the New Zealand Kauri began 150 million years ago when Gondwana
Land began to break up. This left New Zealand isolated and free
to evolve it's own vegetation. Today, Kauri forests are the descendants
of a succession of Kauri forests s going back 65 millions years,
as confirmed by fossil trees and gum found in archaeological
Creating a body from a Kauri stump to make into a work of art.
Kauri guitar bodies are works of art and used exclusively on Langcaster guitars. We developed a special treatment to stop the solid wood body from cracking and it is coated with layers of epoxy, then several high gloss lacquer finishes are applied creating a hard high gloss surface .
The Kauri wood we used is carbon dated and identified to be over 35000 years old. This makes your guitar unique in the world and a collectors item .
The carbon dating has been done by The University of Waikato of New Zealand and the University of Groningen Holland
For the technically minded:
at 12 percent moisture content