Tonewoods

Adirondack Spruce

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.

German Spruce

Known for its creamy white appearance, German Spruce possesses almost the same tonal characteristics as Adirondack; clear, focused, tight bass response but less bright.

Sitka Spruce

Probably the hardest of the woods used in the manufacture of soundboards, Sitka Spruce produces a loud and bright tone, accentuating the basses and trebles – qualities that made it a popular choice.

Swiss Spruce

Aside from its beautiful creamy appearance, Swiss Spruce is highly regarded for its responsiveness and rich tone, with very focused low ends and very refined clear trebles.

Double Top

A soundboard made from two tops with Nomex Honeycomb at its core, is known for its lightness and strength; a very responsive top with enhanced sustain, projection, and clarity.

Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar is a soft wood which produces a warm, mellow, ‘earthy’ tone. Used for many years for classical guitar soundboards but has recently become popular with steel strings players.

Port Orford Cedar

Rarely seen in standard builds, Port Orford Cedar is highly sought after for its bold, robust, and responsive tone, making it an excellent choice for both nylon and steel stringed instruments.

Pacific Redwood

Favored by players looking for more upper harmonic content while having warm and tight low ends, Pacific Redwood is bold, punchy and crisp, with loads of overtones on tap.

Engelmann Spruce

A lighter colored wood than Sitka Spruce, Engelmann Spruce shares the same tonal characteristics as a Sitka only with richer overtones and more focused mids.

African Padauk

Visually striking, African Padauk shares many tonal properties of traditional rosewoods, having warm and focused lows while having clear highs and with plenty of overtones.

Khaya Mahogany

Khaya Mahogany is a hard, bright sounding wood with focused mids. With its wide dynamic range, it responds very well to both sensitive playing and louder, percussive styles.

Pacific Koa

Koa is a beautiful figured wood, dark brown in appearance with blonde streaks. Tonally, it combines the clarity of a maple with rosewood-like qualities and the sensitivity of mahogany.

Spalted Mango

Expressive and gorgeous, Spalted Mango presents a perfectly balanced tone with a warmth close to a koa matched with very focused mids and highs.

Torrefied Wood

A wood that was subjected to a thermo-curing process to improve its stability while increasing its resonance and responsiveness just like of an aged wood.

Australian Blackwood

With an appearance close to a Koa due to its marblelike wavy grains, Australian Blackwood is tonally comparable to a mahogany being bright sounding and rich in the mid range.

American Walnut

Exhibiting an extremely even response curve across the frequencies, Walnut combines the warm earthy tones of a rosewood with the transparent nature of a mahogany.

Bloodwood

Bloodwood is an attractive highly figured wood that is naturally red in color. Known for its clarity especially on the high registers, it sounds somewhere in between of a rosewood and an ovangkol.

Bocote

Bocote features a tobacco-brown color with distinct parallel black lines and multicolored strips. It is known for its deep sounding basses and an overall big sound.

Brazilian Rosewood

The most sought-after tonewood revered for its deep basses, mature mid-range and sweet trebles. Now in increasingly short supply, Brazilian Rosewood is generally reserved for the highest models.

Cocobolo

Cocobolo is a very beautiful wood, known to change color being cut. It offers everything Brazilian Rosewood offers; increased power, sustain and volume, along with its beauty in color and figure.

Spanish Cypress

Famous tonewood for flamenco guitars due to its “chimey”, clear, articulate tone with great sustain, Yellow Cypress is best when a strong tone and bright attack is required.

Flamed Maple

Maple is highly regarded for its pronounced mids and trebles together with its very fast attack, making it very suitable for fast and percussive playing styles.

Flamed Sapele

Closely associated with Mahogany due to its similarity in terms of responsiveness and tonal characteristics, Flamed Sapele is highly sought after due to its expressive curly grains.

Granadillo

Granadillo shares the same tonal characteristics of a rosewood, one that is rich in the low end with pronounced highs, giving that deep yet bright sound.

Indian Rosewood

Indian Rosewood is famous for its warmness, rich basses and clear treble response. One of the most popular wood for constructing guitar bodies.

Pacific Koa

Koa is a beautiful figured wood, dark brown in appearance with blonde streaks. Tonally, it combines the clarity of a maple with rosewood-like qualities and the sensitivity of mahogany.

Malaysian Blackwood

Tonally very close to ebony with a strong bass and more defined mids, Malaysian Blackwood features dramatic mix of chocolate brown wild figuring with reddish streaks.

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

Khaya Mahogany is a hard, bright sounding wood with focused mids. With its wide dynamic range, it responds very well to both sensitive playing and louder, percussive styles.

Spalted Mango

Expressive and gorgeous, Spalted Mango presents a perfectly balanced tone with a warmth close to a koa matched with very focused mids and highs.

Monkey Pod

Monkey Pod has a golden amber color with dark streaks sometimes resembling Koa or Black Acacia. It produces a woody, pulsing tone without losing the clear high frequencies, which is very close to a mahogany.

Madagascar Rosewood

Madagascar Rosewood has risen in popularity because of its similar properties to Brazilian Rosewood – a warm sound, with well defined basses, mids, and rich trebles.

African Ovangkol

Similar in appearance to rosewood but featuring a lighter, coffee-coloured hue, African Ovangkol shares many of rosewood’s tonal characteristics, with a slightly livelier mid-range and a little less in the bass registers.

African Padauk

Visually striking, African Padauk shares many tonal properties of traditional rosewoods, having warm and focused lows while having clear highs and with plenty of overtones.

Pernambuco

Revered for its rarity for it seldom grow wide enough as a guitar timber, Pernambuco’s sweet highs and supple bass response result into an extremely refined sounding instrument.

Purple Heart

Striking and unique in color, Purple Heart sounds close to rosewoods with its well defined basses and crystal like trebles – a vibrant wood aesthetically and sonically.

Santos Rosewood

Santos Rosewood, commonly known as Pau Ferro, closely resembles most rosewoods visually and tonally – only mellower in terms of hue and sound.

Senegal Rosewood

Remarkable for its attractive golden brown grains, Senegal Rosewood offers power, complexity, and richness in tone with softer and more welcoming midrange, smoother top end, and robust low end.

Tasmanian Myrtle

Visually stunning with an awe inspiring grain pattern, colouration and figure, Myrtle is incredibly lively across the tonal spectrum with its exceptional balance and clarity

Wenge

A very delicate hardwood, Wenge is distinct for its evenly spaced dark chocolate streaks and its glassy tonal character, one with tight bass response with loads of shimmer on top.

Ziricote

Heavier than most rosewoods and comparable to Ebony in hardness, Ziricote offers the striking looks of Brazilian Rosewood with similar depth of tone, but with overtones akin to a Macassar Ebony.

African Zebrawood

Zebrawood is an extremely attractive wood with about the same density, resonance and tone as Indian Rosewood, with slightly dampened lower registers and boosted mids.