Magic wood. Really?

It’s not a big secret that the resonance is one of the most important factors that affect the sound of guitar. Where does it come from? Is the wood really that significant?

The term says it all: “tone wood”. For ages luthiers were on their never ending mission to find the “Holy Grail” of all wood. I’d say that would be hard to name any single kind of wood that’s never been used to build instrument. The questions is: did they found it finally?

Nearly every guitar maker brags about the wood used as a base material for their instruments. That’s understandable, given that it’s commonly recognized as the factor most relevant to the sound of the guitar. The other one, in case of electric guitars, are pickups.

I’m not going to get into details of the subject yet. There’s a lot to be told about tone wood and I’ll be covering this in deatails in future. Let me just say that: unless you’re building an accoustic masterpiece, consider this:

  • there are guitars around built ouf of epoxy
  • there are fiberglass guitars
  • there are vintage and legendary “cult” guitars that you’d be surprised knowing out of what wood they were built

Finally, see this: