Tone Wood

Left are some sample pics of BACK and SIDE wood.

Please note that color and grain of every tree is diffrent, even if it is the same kind of wood.

Wood selection has a major influence on the sound, feel, and response of your guitar. As you can appreciate there are many combinations and choices that can be explored. Some of the guitar woods that are available:

Top -- European Spruce, Sitka Spruce and Cedar Back -- Indian Rosewood, Brazilian Rosewood, Bubinga, Maple, Mahogany, Flamed Walnut. Ash,Wenge, Teak


Stephen Sano, Stanford:
European Spruce (picea abies) has one of the highest stiffness-to-weight ratios of all the spruces. This stiffness contributes to the generally outstanding high-end response of tops constructed from this wood.

Randy Reynolds
European Spruce delivers a tone rich in character especially in the trebles. I also prefer Euro Spruce for structural reasons as it is very hard and stiff with a typical fine grain which carves and shapes very well. At the GAL Conventin in 1999 four top classical makers in a panel discussion agreed that they have the best results with European Spruce.