guitar tonewood

The tonewood that you select for your guitar will lay the foundation for a great sounding guitar, especially with regard to the guitar top. Whether you choose Sitka Spruce, Adirondack Spruce, European Spruce, Engleman Spruce, Mahogany or one of the other species of wood that can be used for a guitar top, then one thing that you can count on is that the top you choose is as important as the speakers that you would choose for a premium sound system, especially since the top produces 80 to 90 percent of the sound. Furthermore, two tops of the same species (even cut from the same billet) will not necessarily produce the same sounding instrument, one can be great while the other one almost useless. Having sold guitar wood (for many years) to some of the most prolific and well known Luthiers in the world I have set aside some of the nicest sounding tops that you will find anywhere. Not only will I help you choose the right top, I will also help you choose the right Back and Side set. It is important that the Back and Sides are a good match to compliment the top. Hardness of wood as well as the tap tone all play into matching the box wood for full and balanced sounding guitar. From there it has to built right. Whether you choose Koa, Brazilian Rosewood, Honduras Mahogany, Indian Rosewood, Curly Maple, Walnut, Cherry or one of the many other species that can be used for building guitars, it is critical to the sound of the guitar that you choose your wood wisely.  Below is a link to my good friend Steve at Colonial Tonewoods. He is the most knowledgeable person about guitar wood that I know. 

Below is a short list of some of the Tonewoods that we have available

  • 200 (+) Year Old Curly Koa

  • 200 (+) Year Old Brazilian Rosewood

  • 200 (+) Year Old Red Spruce / Adirondack Spruce

  • 40 (+) Year Old Sitka Spruce

  • 38 (+) Year Old Figured Black Walnut

  • Curly Koa

  • Madagascar Rosewood

  • Honduras Rosewood

  • Cocobolo Rosewood

  • Figured Honduras Mahogany

  • Figured African Sapele

  • Brazilian Rosewood

  • Red Spruce / Adirondack Spruce

  • Sitka Spruce

  • European Spruce

  • White Spruce

  • Yellow Cedar

  • Red Cedar

  • Malaysian Blackwood / Asian Ebony

  • African Mahogany

  • Curly Maple

  • Indian Rosewood

**Many More Varieties Available**