Tonewoods

Sitka Spruce

The primary topwood used by many manufacturers. Sitka has bright, robust sound that works well for all playing styles.

Redwood

Redwood is similar to Cedar; warm, rich and complex. It exhibits a slightly darker tone with less pronounced bass and more headroom than Cedar.

Western Red Cedar

A warm, thick tone with rich overtones and a very pronounced bass. Widely used on classical guitars, its “open” tone works best for fingerstyle or light strumming. Cedar has virtually no break-in period.

Bear Claw Sitka Spruce

A slightly stiffer version of Sitka with unique figure appearing in the grain. Bear Claw Sitka exhibits tonal characteristics of Sitka Spruce, but because of its added strength it can have a more robust and punchy voice.

Engelmann Spruce

Light in color with a rich, complex tone. This wood best suits a more gentle touch. Great for fingerpicking with warm bass and complex overtones.

Port Orford Cedar

Despite its name, Port Orford Cedar is a member of the Cypress family and not a true Cedar. It falls tonally between Spruce and Cedar, leaning toward a warm Spruce top in sound and stiffness.

Adirondack Red Spruce

Some call it the “holy grail” of topwoods. It was widely used on pre-war and vintage instruments. Adirondack has a crisp, clear tone with high headroom and strong fundamental content.

Hybrid Flamed Redwood

Our Hybrid Flamed Redwood tops combine highly figured Redwood with a graft of Adirondack Red Spruce. These tops feature the strong fundamental tone of Adirondack Red Spruce with the warmth and character of Redwood.

Hybrid Flamed Walnut

Our Hybrid Walnut tops combine Flamed Walnut with a Western Red Cedar graft. The weight of the hardwood used in these tops result in less volume than most softwood tops. They exhibit a mellow, round tone with a strong fundamental punch with less overtones.

Hybrid Koa

Our Hybrid Koa tops combine Flamed Koa with a Western Red Cedar graft. The weight of the hardwood used in these tops results in less volume than most softwood tops. They exhibit a clean, fat tone with a strong fundamental punch and less overtones.

Flamed Black Redwood

The Black Flamed Redwood tops combine highly figured Black Redwood with a graft of Adirondack Red Spruce. Like the Flamed Redwood, the Black Flamed Redwoods feature the strong fundamental tone of Adirondack Red Spruce with the warmth and character of Redwood.

 

Back & Side Woods

East Indian Rosewood

East Indian Rosewood offers a deeply resonant tone. Rich, complex low ends and strong mids and highs make this a great all-around choice for back and sides.

African Mahogany

African Mahogany has a warm, lively tone with clear mids and trebles. Often referred to as having a “woody” tone it’s low overtone content gives it a crisp, strong fundamental that is bright and responsive.

Granadillo

Granadillo is a heavy and dense tropical tonewood which reacts much like Rosewood, powerful and rich.

Beeswing Mahogany

A stunning Mahogany with small wavy grain and interlocking flame pattern similar to that of a bees wing. Beeswing’s tight grain and figure make this an excellent choice for those that are looking for a Mahogany guitar.

Cocobolo

Heavier and denser than many types of Rosewood, Cocobolo has a rich orange and red coloration. A Latin American Rosewood, it exhibits strong resonance and rich overtones.

Flamed Black Acacia

Sometimes referred to as Australian Blackwood; Black Acacia behaves much like Koa and Mahogany. Black Acacia’s grain offers a shimmer not found in Koa and it is a mainstay of Australian builders. It is found in Africa, India and Northern California but originated in Southern Australia.

Flamed Maple

Flamed Maple is a stiff and stable tonewood with a loud and bright voice. Highly reflective, Flamed Maple balances a tight, crisp high end with warm lows.

Flamed Walnut

Flamed Claro Walnut has a strong fundamental, with warmth and balance. Walnut has less depth and projection than Rosewood and a slightly darker tone than Mahogany.

Honduran Mahogany

Honduran Mahogany is becoming increasingly rare. Like other Mahogany, it has a warm, lively tone with clear mids and trebles. Often referred to as having a “woody” tone it’s low overtone content gives it a crisp strong fundamental that is bright and responsive. Its grain is generally tighter than that of African Mahogany.

Myrtle

Oregon Myrtle is an American tonewood, clear and bright with a bottom end much like Rosewood.

Pau Rosa

Another tropical hardwood from South America, Pau Rosa is a very dense tonewood which falls between the Rosewoods and Ebony tonally.

Quilted Maple

Sometimes referred to as “Big Leaf” Maple, Quilted Maple is generally softer than Flamed Maple. Quilted Maple’s tone is therefore slightly warmer and darker.

Striped Macassar Ebony

Striped Macassar Ebony is a very dense and heavy tonewood from Southeast Asia. Macassar Ebony features a robust and loud tone much like Rosewood, with great clarity.

Wavy Mahogany

Wavy Mahogany is another rare and beautiful variation of Mahogany. Like Quilted Maple, Wavy Mahogany is slab cut, which causes it to be slightly warmer but overall shares the tonal characteristics of other species of Mahogany.

Highly Figured Bubinga

Often referred to as an African Rosewood, Bubinga is technically not in the Rosewood family. It does however share many of the tonal qualities found in other Rosewoods.

Koa

A member of the Acacia family, Koa grows only in Hawaii. Flamed Koa is a gorgeous tonewood displaying some “Mahogany like” properties. Clean and bright with a rich low end.

Madagascar Rosewood

A great substitute for Brazilian Rosewood in both looks and sound. Madagascar Rosewood is increasing in popularity.

Wenge

A heavy and dense wood from Western and Central Africa. Tonally it compares with Ebony.

Highly Figured Sapele

A highly stable wood from Africa. Our Sapele has beautiful figure with a tone similar to Mahogany.

Bastogne Walnut

Bastogne Walnut trees are a natural cross of English and Claro Walnut trees. These trees are very rare with beautiful flame and grain patterns. The tone is like that of Flamed Walnut.

Brazilian Rosewood

Generally considered the best tonewood for steel stringed instruments, Brazilian Rosewood is a highly prized choice for back and sides. Endangered and becoming very rare, Brazilian Rosewood has everything other Rosewoods have to offer and more. A rich powerful sound full of overtones and depth.

Ziricote

A hard, dense South American tonewood, Ziricote shares many tonal properties of Ebony and Brazilian Rosewood.

Blackheart Sassafras

The tone of this handsome wood falls between Walnut and Maple. It has more balance than Maple and less overtones than Walnut.

Monterey Cypress

The charm of this wood is found in its extremely uniform color and figure. It’s highly stable and used mainly in Florida.

White Ebony

Dense hardwood delivers clear, loud tones with nice overtones and a full range. Strong bass, lower mids, and clear highs round out this rich wood.