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Wooden

These woods are used in the production of our guitars

 

 
 

 

1. General Information


Together with the shape and construction of guitars has especially the selection of the wood a strong influence on the sound of the guitar. It plays not only the wood an important role, but also the quality and origin of the timber and the type of sawing or cleaving. For the production of the guitars dry wood is used (drying time about 5-8 years), otherwise cracks would occur at the instrument. In addition to solid wood (natural wood) often laminated timber (also called plywood) used. In the production of laminated wood veneers are a specific type of wood, glued to an undergrowth. The mode of production of laminated wood has so evolved considerably in recent years, that the sound of the guitar is made of laminated wood, the sound of guitars from solid woods almost not inferior. Meanwhile let many large well-known manufacturer some of your models in laminated wood manufacture, since this is cheaper in the production and processing than solid wood.

 


2. Wood for the top


Of course, the most important role in the sound of the guitar plays the top. Particularly suitable as top wood are soft and good wielding softwoods (such as spruce and cedar). Usually the top is assembled from two mirror-image parts. Generally sounds a guitar higher, brighter and louder, harder, stiffer and lighter the wood is used. The sound from below the wood serve only as general guidance only, as the wood is a natural product and the "mood" of nature is fully exposed.


Spruce
Spruce is relatively light wood with very good strength. The sound is clear, powerful with rich colors. Spruce requires a certain break-in period before the sonic potential unleashed.


Cedar (red cedar)
Cedar is softer and lighter than spruce. Cedar tops stand out in comparison to spruce by easier response and a warmer tone with complex overtones.


Mahogany
Mahogany is softer than e.g. Spruce and is rarely used for tops, but is mainly for the body to use. Mahogany top sound warm and soft, overtones but with good volume.


Palisander
The palisander (or rosewood) has an extreme density and strength. It should be noted that none of the aforementioned woods approaching that appeal and viability of rosewood. Palisander delivers brilliant highs and rich bass and has a bulky rich sound. The wood is very beautiful textured.


Sapele
Sapele is a species of palisander euonymus. Unlike palisander, sapele wood has a relative surface soft and sound reflective area. The guitar with sapele top have a brilliant and very warm sound, which also like the spruce a certain break-in period, required before the sound potential unleashed.


Ash
The wood has a white to yellowish color and has a pronounced, long-fiber grain. This relatively hard wood produces warm bass and mid-range sound with good volume.


Laminated wood
Generally, the sound is rich in overtones and has a lot of volume. This gives the instrument a great direct sound with open timbre.

 


3. Woods for body


For the body of the guitar is a variety of woods to choose from. Back and rib determine the sound considerably less than the top. Back and rib should have a much higher density and as little as possible swing, otherwise lead to "dirty" resonances when the body towards the top resonates strongly.


Ash
See: 2 cane for the top


Palisander
See: 2 cane for the top


Mahogany
See: 2 cane for the top


Sapele
See: 2 cane for the top


Maple
Maple is in Europe the timber with the longest tradition in instrument: built backs and rib of stringed instruments are today mostly made of maple. Maple is heavy, so quiet, but very clear with silvery bright timbres. It is balanced and has a quick response. Especially suitable wood for guitars with pickup since it tends to little feedback.


Flamed maple
Flamed maple is one of the few high-quality wood, which are very difficult to process due to their very high resistance. The wood looks bright and has a very beautiful grain with a striking structure. The sound behavior of flamed maple is bright and brilliant.


Basswood
The basswood is sometimes mistakenly referred to as low-grade timber, which is used for the production of "cheap guitar". Linde is slightly softer and lighter than, for example, maple or palisander and is quite low due to the high diffusion and a relatively rapid growth in the acquisition and processing. This allows manufacturers to produce something cheaper guitars for musicians a more expensive guitar cannot afford. Important for each type of wood has a sufficient drying time and processing. A well dried basswood breaks or working hard and is well suited as a body wood.


Nato
The Nato-wood comes from the Caribbean and northern South America. The wood is of its properties and tones the mahogany wood similar (but not one of mahogany species) and has a very nice and fine grain.


Walnut
For guitarmaking usually comes the American Claro Walnut used. The wood turns the sound very little and thus changes the sound character of the top hardly.

 


4. Woods for the neck


The neck of the guitar is usually made from the same material as the back and rib. The neck are not quite as large objects is based at the oscillation distribution. Yet he also is a swinging part, which may affect the sound also. General find woods medium strength use. Important here is a low tendency to warp and high flexural strength. As standard, maple and mahogany have been proven.

 


5. Woods for the fingerboard


For fingerboards very hard woods come because of the high demands on the mechanical resistance in question. Here palisander is the first choice.

 


6. Wood for the tailpiece (bridge)


If the strings are vibrated through striking, creates a sound that is through the web (mostly made of hard plastic or bone) and the tailpiece directed at the top further. The top should now take the vibration quickly and evenly and transport them into the interior of the resonator without their propagation to prevent. Since the wood not only ensure a clean transmission of sound, but also the pressure of the strings was to hold, also the palisander is the first choice.

 

 
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