Sadie-f said:If you want an acoustic, perhaps the Martin backpacker?
Sorry. you said that earlier in the thread and I figured you were kidding. I really hate the martin backpacker. It sounds terrible. the fretboard is skinny (although better than most travel acoustic guitars).
Sadie-f said:The main reason teak is favored over other woods in marine use, is it's surface makes for good traction, and sure, it's ok being actively wet partly because of it's high oil content.
However, I don't think that's super desirable in a guitar. For simply minimizing expansion / contraction due to humidity, it's not materially better than mahogany. Since that's a standard of guitar construction anyway, why not use it?
I agree on most all points. especially that it would make a terrible instrument neck.
It does not contract or swell much in humidity, for sure. It can last decades in the tropics without much care.
It is abrasion resistant if not with the grain. If you use it as a rub rail (smashing against piers all day) it takes a pounding gracefully. It is highly oily, so much so that you need to douse it in acetone for hours before gluing. Rarely cracks. The oils are highly irritating and this keeps rot and insects away and likely would mean uncomfortable playing of a neck. My skin is now highly allergic to teak. It is a terrible wood for guitars and is not offered by warmoth so, it is a moot point.