Guitar Wood

What does different Guitar Wood sound like?

For those of you shopping for a high quality guitar you will find yourself having to face the wonderful dilemma of which wood to go for.

For example; you’ve got Mahogany, Rosewood, Koa for the back and sides as well as what kind of top to decide on. The top could be Engelmann, Sitka, Adirondack or Koa.

Each of these woods will give the guitar a different tonal quality which when described in just words can get a bit confusing to say the least.

Usually the solution is to try a bunch out and see what you like but other factors play in to this as well.

  • Does the guitar have a cutaway?
  • Does it have a floating neck?
  • Does the guitar neck join the body at fret 12 or 14?
  • How old is the wood used in the guitar when it was built?

All these things matter and determine the sound of the guitar.

Because of all these factors it might be a good idea to dig a bit deeper into each topic, to learn what, for example, different guitar wood do to the sound.

Acoustic Addicts Guitar Wood

Carl Franklin and Richard Caruso of Acoustic Addicts have made a video aiming to explain what different guitar wood do to the sound.

These guys are experts with years of experience on the subject from two different angles, as a player and as a high quality guitar shop owner they give you their insight into what different guitar wood sound like.

In the video below you find them playing, discussing and analyzing four different guitars, two Taylor Guitars, one Santa Cruz and one McPherson.

They do this by looking at the frequency spectrum and making connections with wine, enjoy!


-Dan (your guitar guru)

P.S I would like to thank Stan for finding this video for me, nice one Stan, I thought it was really interesting!

What do you think? Comment below and let us know what different guitar wood sound like to you.

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One thought on “Guitar Wood

  1. Zachary Tyler

    The experiment is nicely done and all, but the results are concluded from a problematic and highly variable experiment. The end product of this has little-to-no “aha!” moment. With a more controlled test environment , Carl & Richard could be on to something. But guitar building/playing is so subjective to begin with (player style, picking attack, finishes, dovetail, bolt-on, etc…) that delving into such a high-tech analyzing realm seems to fail as science.

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