Back and Side Woods

blackwood-squareBlackwood: African blackwood is denser and harder than either ebony or Brazilian rosewood. It is perhaps the ultimate wood for power, clarity, punch, and harmonic complexity. Australian and Tasmanian blackwood are acacias, and not black at all …Read More

 

 

brazilian_smallsquareBrazilian Rosewood: Brazilian rosewood is highly desirable, exceptionally rare and heavily regulated. It is regarded as one of the finest tonewoods; hard, stiff, and highly resonant with a glass-like ring that sustains; it has a floral scent, similar to roses, thus the name …Read More

 

 

BUBINGA-SQUAREBubinga: Bubinga has reddish and bronze-like colors, with a tone similar to Indian rosewood. It is a bit denser than rosewood, which may contribute to its great sustain and clarity …Read More

 

 

coco_squareCocobolo: Cocobolo is dark, and dense, with a bright, clear, sustaining voice and a tone that is very similar to the best rosewood …Read More

 

 

maple-squareMaple: Eastern hard rock maple has crisp, dry overtones, and sits well in the mix. Compared to big leaf maple, it is crisper, more resonant and brighter. Western big leaf maple is great for standing out among other instruments. With a powerful fundamental and even harmonics …Read More

 

IMAGE_COMING-SOONGranadillo: Grandillo is sometimes called Mexican rosewood. It is hard and highly figured and has a strong root note with clear harmonic content and sustain …Read More

 

 

INDIAN-ROSEWOOD-SQUAREIndian Rosewood: Indian rosewood has been the standard rosewood choice for decades. It is often associated with the great dreadnoughts, and is an amazingly neutral wood. It is good for many styles and takes its personality from the player. Well-balanced lows, mids, and highs make it a natural for many styles …Read More

 

KAURI-SQUAREKauri: Kauir is an amazing wood, both ancient and new. From New Zealand, it is salvaged from bogs where it has resided for millennia, without aging, in an anaerobic environment. Tonally, it has clarity, sustain, good note separation and warmth …Read More

 

 

Koa: One of the most visually stunning woods available, with golden hues and often with dramatic figure. Koa is characterized by a tone that is both clear and sweet. The voice grows over time, from sweet to sweeter …Read More

 

 

LACEWOOD-SQUARELacewood: Lacewood is a dense, hard, Australian wood, with a strong fundamental and clear-ringing sustain …Read More

 

 

MADAGASCAR-SQUAREMadagascan Rosewood: Madagascan rosewood is a beautiful wood, visually and tonally, and is often thought of as a substitute for Brazilian. It delivers crisp, bold tones, good sustain, and striking beauty …Read More

 

 

mahogany-squareMahogany: Mahogany is a medium-lightweight wood, ranging in color from light brown to dark, primarily used for necks because of the feel and the stability it provides …Read More

 

 

myrtle-squareMyrtlewood: Myrtlewood offers a strong fundamental with a powerful voice. Grown in the northwest, it is a favorite for many styles of playing and is used primarily for back and sides …Read More

 

 

Ovangkol-squareOvangkol: Ovangkol is a plentiful wood, visually similar to a golden rosewood. The tone falls somewhere between Indian rosewood and koa, with the strength of rosewood and the sweetness of koa …Read More

 

 

IMAGE_COMING-SOONPadauk: Padauk is widely available and very similar to Rosewood in tone, with a hint of mahogany. It provides good fundamentals, strong mids, and clear highs …Read More

 

 

SEPELE-SQUARESapele: Sapele is similar both visually and tonally to dense mahogany, but both darker and harder, giving it a strong visual presence and a bit more upper harmonic content and low-end clarity. It’s a good choice for many sizes and shapes, and works well for strumming and fingerstyle …Read More

 

stripedebony-cubeMacassar Striped Ebony: Macassar ebony coloration is nearly black, with brown streaks. Tonally, Macassar ebony is powerful, clear, and has a slightly dark tonality that lends extra power to bass response …Read More

 

 

TIGERWOOD-SQUARETigerwood: Tigerwood may refer to Goncalo Alves or other exotics. It is very dense and hard. Offers clarity and sustain …Read More

 

 

walnut_squareWalnut: Walnut has a very even response curve. From the dramatic curly figure of claro walnut to the straight grain of black walnut, this tonewood offers a strong, clear fundamental, with clear harmonics …Read More

 

 

ziricote_squareZiricote: Zircote is similar visually to Brazilian rosewood, but with dark greys instead of warm browns and rich chocolates. Tonally it is similar to striped ebony, but brighter …Read More