Sapele has become a popular substitute for Mahogany due to its similarity in appearance and tonal characteristics. It has well-defined mids and trebles and is very responsive.
Koa is a beautifully figured wood, dark brown in appearance with wide grain pattern blonde streaks. Tonally it combines the clear voicing of maple with deeper-rosewood-life qualities, and sensitivity of a mahogany.
Maple has a very light colouration, and produces a sound with a very fast attack, particularly suiting faster, percussive styles of play.Tonally, maple tends to enhance the mid-range and trebles, and is best combined with a spruce top.
Santos Rosewood has a finer texture than most rosewood. It has the same tonal characteristic as the Indian Rosewood only mellower and more balanced.
An unusual timber, similar in appearance to Koa with iths slightly wavy grain, but with tonal properties more akin to those of mahogany, bring bright sounding and rich in the mid-range.
Malaysian Blackwood is very close to Ebony both in appearance and tonality. It has strong basses with more defined mids as compared to a Macassar Ebony.
Macassar Ebony is valued for its striking chocolate and light brown coloration. It has strong bass and lower mids coupled with clear and transparent highs, and is very responsive, clear and loud.
Khaya 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.
Similar in appearance to rosewood, but with a lighter, coffee-coloured hue. Ovangkol shares many of rosewood’s tonal characteristics, with a slightly livelier mid-range and a little less in the bass register.
Java Rosewood (Jarcaranda Rosewood) has similar appearance as a Brazilian Rosewood with tonal qualities that is close to an Indian Rosewood.
Madagascar Rosewood has risen in popularity because of its similar tonal characteristic as a Brazilian Rosewood that is warm with well-defined bass and rich trebles.
Walnut’s unique ‘marbled’ appearance and a wide variation of hue make it striking as a body of acoustic guitars. Tonally it produces a warm sound, with plenty of bass, and combines well with either a cedar of a spruce.
Bocote features a tobacco brown colour with distinct parallel black lines with multicoloured strips. It is known for its deep sounding bases and an overall big sound.
Cocobolo is a very beautiful wood, known to change color after being cut. It offers almost everything Brazilian Rosewood offers, increased power, increased sustain, increased volume, along with beauty of color and figure.
Zebrawood is an extremely attractive wood with about the same density, resonance and tone as Indian Rosewood only a bit quieter on lower registers and a bit of boost on the mids.
A famous tonewood for guitars due to its chimey, clear, articulate tone with great sustain. Yellow Cypress is also suited for steel string guitars when a strong tone and bright attack is required.
Indian Rosewood is famous for its warmness, rich basses and clear treble response. One of the most popular woods for constructing guitar bodies.
Mango wood presents a perfectly balanced tone. It is as warm as a koa and tonally close to mahogany due to warm mids while maintaing rich trebles and lows.
Bloodwood is an attractive highly figured wood that is naturally red in colour. Known for its clarity especially on the high registers, it sounds somewhere in between of a Rosewood and a Zebrawood.
The most sought-after tonewood revered for its deep basses, mature mid-range and balanced trebles. Now in increasingly short supply, Brazilian Rosewood is generally reserved for the highest-end models.