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Anyone else bothered by this? I knew cutting and working will cause irritation But I feel it just playing guitars made of some of these tone woods. New or vintage!
I'm really into hollow bodies and as I get into the higher priced ones the worse I feel.
Toxic Wood Species that my be used as Tone Wood;

African Blackwood irritant, sensitizer 
Ash (Fraxinus genus) irritant 
Ash, alpine (Eucalyptus delegatensis) irritant 
Australian Blackwood irritant, sensitizer, asthma 
Balsa irritant
Bamboo irritant
Birch (Betula genus) irritant, sensitizer, nausea 
Black Cherry wheezing, giddiness
Black Locust irritant, nausea 
Boxwood, Knysna (Gonioma kamassi) irritant, headache, asthma 
Brazilwood irritant, headache, nausea, swelling skin, blisters
Cashew (Anacardium occidentale) irritant, blisters, sensitizer
Cedar, Aromatic Red irritant 
Cedar, Atlantic White irritant
Cedar, Western Red irritant, sensitizer, runny nose, asthma, nervous system effects, NPC(rare) 
Chestnut, Sweet irritant, sensitizer
Cuban Mahogany irritant
Cypress sensitizer
Cypress, Mediterranean irritant, rashes, headaches
Douglas-fir irritant, giddiness, runny nose, splinters go septic, nausea 
Ebony (Diospyros genus) irritant, sensitizer, pink eye 
Ebony, Brown irritant
Ebony, Macassar irritant, sensitizer
Fir (Abies genus) irritant
Fir, Balsam irritant
Gum, Spotted irritant, rashes
Hemlock, Western irritant, runny nose, NPC (rare) 
Ironwood, Desert irritant, sneezing, coughing
Juniper, Phoenician (Juniperus phoenicea) irritant, headache, nausea 
Kingwood irritant, sensitizer, pink eye 
Koto irritant
Mahogany, African irritant, sensitizer, NPC (rare) 
Mahogany, Honduran irritant, sensitizer, boils, nausea, giddiness, asthma, HP 
Mahogany, Santos irritant 
Mango irritant
Maple (Acer genus) irritant, sensitizer, asthma; HP in spalted maple 
Maple, Queensland irritant 
Mesquite (Prosopis genus) irritant
Myrtle irritant, sensitizer 
Norway Spruce irritant, asthma 
Oak (Quercus genus) irritant, sensitizer, asthma, NPC(rare) 
Olive irritant, sensitizer 
Osage Orange irritant, sap can cause dermatitis 
Pine (Pinus genus) irritant, runny nose, asthma 
Pistachio irritant
Poison Walnut (Cryptocarya pleurosperma) bark irritating to skin, dust may cause asthma, nausea, giddiness,sap is toxic and corrosive 
Poplar irritant, blisters, asthma, bronchitis 
Redwood irritant, sensitizer, asthma, HP, NPC (rare) 
Rosewood (Dalbergia genus) irritant, sensitizer, asthma 
Rosewood, Brazilian irritant, sensitizer 
Rosewood, East Indian irritant, sensitizer
Rosewood, Siamese irritant, rash, hives, sensitizer
Sassafras sensitizer, nausea, respiratory, direct toxin, NPC (rare) 
Sapele irritant, sneezing 
Satinwood, East Indian irritant, headache, diarrhea, sensitizer 
Silky Oak, Southern irritant, sap may cause blistering of skin, eyelid inflammation 
Simarouba (Simarouba amara) irritant 
Slash Pine irritant, asthma 
Snakewood irritant 
Spruce (Picea genus) irritant, sensitizer 
Sweetgum irritant
Tali (Erythrophleum suaveolens) irritant, headache, giddiness, nausea, disorders of bowels and stomach 
Teak irritant, sensitizer, rash, nausea, asthma, vision effects, pink eye, HP 
Walnut, African irritant, systemic effects, NPC(rare) 
Walnut, Black irritant, sensitizer, NPC (rare) 
Walnut, English irritant, NPC (rare) 
Willow (Salix spp.) sensitizer, nausea, NPC (rare)
Zebrawood sensitizer
 

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If the wood is sealed by a lacquer or nitro I would think that would prevent the irritation?  Not too many tonewoods left that I can think of that aren't on that list.  Never had a reaction myself to any wood - at least not that I am aware of.

May be time to get one of those old electrics made from plexiglass or whatever it was.

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2 hours ago, Twang Gang said:

If the wood is sealed by a lacquer or nitro I would think that would prevent the irritation?  Not too many tonewoods left that I can think of that aren't on that list.  Never had a reaction myself to any wood - at least not that I am aware of.

May be time to get one of those old electrics made from plexiglass or whatever it was.

Yes this.. Its sealed.

The only thing you have to worry about with all this is if you work with wood and breath the dust (cos no matter how hard you try, you are always going to breath some of it). Finished products, you really don't need to worry about.

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The woods in this list are also very commonly used to make furniture and lots of other things apart from guitars.

The internal doors in my house are pine, I have an old mahogany G-plan wardrobe (which Rabs would probably love to convert into guitars), wood chests, tables, chairs etc. 

So I don't feel that any of my guitars are 'toxic' or could be responible for any irritation/hay fever I might get.  Household dust is far more likely to be a cause.

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1 minute ago, Big Bill said:

It always burns when I pee after playing my Tele.

You should know by now.. That's because only a Gibson is good enough  😄  (just make sure its authentic)

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I have heard that several woods can cause problems when worked, but not as a guitar when it has a finish on it (unless that finish has been worn through maybe)..

My Framus has an Ovangkol neck, which is supposed to be horrible to work with, but I have never had a problem playing it...

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One of the worst types of wood to work with for this (apparently) is Spalted wood..  Because the black stuff that makes up the spalting is a fungus..  You wont want to breath any of that in.. Luckily I very rarely work with it and of course when I do I use a mask..  

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Maybe you’re allergic to the finish, or maybe the woods, of those guitars. Thankfully I don’t have this problem, Im just allergic to the frets, strings, and all of the nickel hardware on the guitar.

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I have no such allergy but I'm very concerned about those who do . So I will gladly take any toxic guitars off the hands of those poor souls who do....

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27 minutes ago, jaxson50 said:

have no such allergy but I'm very concerned about those who do . So I will gladly take any toxic guitars off the hands of those poor souls who do....

I’m glad to see some people do care, that is a great fix for the problem

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This is news to me. I've never experienced any unusual symptoms from playing my guitars. Maybe some euphoria buts that's it. Thanks for the interesting post.

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That sounds like a very unfortunate and annoying reaction. Perhaps you may have developed a hypersensitivity to woods? Is it the  mostly the newer hollowbodies where residue/dust may remain?

 

15 hours ago, MHargis said:

I'm sure I've heard Yosemite Sam mention this.

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14 hours ago, Big Bill said:

It always burns when I pee after playing my Tele.

Bill, Jimmy Page used a Violin bow, I shudder to think what your using.

 

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The main toxic problem caused by my guitars is wrong notes. I think it's due to the ebony irritant partially paralyzing the nerves in my fingers, making them land on the wrong frets.

Here in Florida we have Mango and Brazilian Pepper trees that many people are bothered by. Supposedly they contain a similar toxin to poison ivy. I can't eat Mangoes, and I do fine around the trees. I'm OK around the pepper trees but once when clearing some out, I got stabbed by a fresh cut and where it cut my skin got very irritated for a few days.

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5 hours ago, Notes_Norton said:

The main toxic problem caused by my guitars is wrong notes. I think it's due to the ebony irritant partially paralyzing the nerves in my fingers, making them land on the wrong frets.

I have the same symptoms! Add an Ebony allergy on top of my nickel allergy, no wonder Im not as good as Tony Rice!Come to think if it, I have the same problems on maple and rosewood fretboards. Thanks for the excuses guys, I'm glad my playing is not my fault😁

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18 hours ago, TheLeadFlatpick said:

I have the same symptoms! Add an Ebony allergy on top of my nickel allergy, no wonder Im not as good as Tony Rice!Come to think if it, I have the same problems on maple and rosewood fretboards. Thanks for the excuses guys, I'm glad my playing is not my fault😁

And that stuff they make picks out of, the allergy causes the plectrum to pluck the wrong places which of course pesters your performances. It's a pity.

It's never your fault when you can blame your tools ;)

 

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