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Exotic Tonewoods

Distinctively Crafted Sound of the World’s Exotic Tonewoods

How We Maximize the Tonal Nuance of Exotic Woods

For decades, the spruce family has served as the dominate top wood on acoustic guitars. Rosewood and mahogany, the most popular back and side woods. Guitar builders are familiar with the characteristics of these traditional tonewoods and define building specification dimensions accordingly. We’re able to benefit from the variability of the world’s exotic tonewoods. The result: a broader palate of sound nuance and stunning instrument designs.

Cutting and sanding tops and backs to a pre-determined dimension, as most guitar companies do, ignores the fact that no two trees are identical. Using exotic tonewoods exacerbates the shortcomings of this “cookie cutter” approach. East Indian rosewood, for example, is far denser than Honduran mahogany. Cocobolo, even denser. Cutting and sanding tonewood to a dimension rather than its optimal density and frequency is exasperated with exotic tonewoods, sacrificing the music potential of a variety of exotic tonewoods.

At Breedlove, we design our guitars around the unique tonewood characteristics of each tree species. Years of research have identified the ideal frequency pairings for guitar tops and backs. Through density and frequency analysis we can determine what dimensions will give us the ideal sound for each individual exotic tonewood.

Our dimensions for cocobolo, ziricote, koa, myrtlewood, walnut, Brazilian rosewood, East Indian rosewood, and Honduran mahogany all vary according to the special traits of each individual species and each individual tree. As a result, the tonal nuance of each species is realized to deliver the incredible music these species were born to give.

Breedlove handcrafts the most incredible palate of sounds for 2017 with our Made in the USA exotic wood models, delivering DISTICNTIVELY CRAFTED SOUND by design.

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