Western Big Leaf Maple
Western big leaf maple is great for standing out among other instruments. With a powerful fundamental and even harmonics, it is clear and present, but without pronounced peaks and valleys in the harmonic content. It’s a great top wood for strumming and is often used on big-bodied guitars.
Latin Name: acer macrophyllum
Origin: U.S.A.: western
Eastern Hard Rock Maple
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.
Latin Name: acer saccharum
Origin: U.S.A.: eastern
Aesthetics: close-grained, uniform texture
Backstory: Hard rock maple wood is very durable and has an excellent resistance to abrasion, indentation and shock.