Tonewood Pairings

Through the years, we have made instruments with various tonewood combinations, giving us a deeper understanding on how each tonewood interacts with another, ultimately impacting the tonal characteristics of the instrument. In this Journal, we list down common wood used for back and sides, their characteristics, and our observations when paired with a specific soundboard.


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What Is CITES?

In January 2017, a new amendment on CITES was made to for the inclusion of several Dalbergia and Kosso species of plants, further regulating the trade and harvest of these trees. Read more to know how does this affect you when buying and selling instruments made from CITES protected wood.


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Learning Voicing from Ervin Somogyi

It was March 2015 when Hozen went to Oakland, California to further his studies on voicing under Ervin Somogyi. With him was one of his best builds during that time, a Raffles Malaysian Blackwood. He was very eager to find out what was he missing and hear how his “best sounding” guitar becomes better.


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