The hardest of the woods used in the manufacture of soundboards, Sitka spruce produces a loud, bright tone, accentuating the bases and trebles.
Western Red Cedar
A softer wood than spruce, which produces a warm, mellow, ‘earthly’ tone. Used for many years on the sounboards of classical guitars, but recently becoming popular with steel string players.
Mahogany is a hard, bright sounding wood with a tendency to accentuate the mid-range. With its large dynamic range, it responds very well to both sensitive playing and louder, percussive styles.
Adirondack Spruce is an iconic wood heralded as a foremost among top woods. It has more overall resonance than Sitka, loud and powerful with a focused punchy bass.
Produces a slightly louder and more projective or “open” sound than Sitka spruce. Extremely clear and bell-like, exceptional sound for light to very firm techniques.
Koa is a beautifully figured wood, dark brown in appearance with wide grain patten blonde streaks. Tonally is combines the clear voicing of maple with deeper, rosewood-life qualities, and sensitivity of mahogany.
A great choice for the fingerstylist with somewhat more richness in the bass than cedar. Redwood responds to subtle playing with a crisp balanced sound.
Highly sough after for the bold, robust, responsive tone that it imparts on an instrument. It is an excellent choice for both classical and steel-stringed instruments.