European Maple (acer pseudoplatanus) Very hard and reflective – produces a balanced tone with plenty of punch.
Indian Rosewood (dalbergia latifolia) An industry standard tonewood, producing a deep warm bass response, enhanced trebles and good sustain. Rosewood varies in colour from dark brown to dark purple brown giving an attractive figure and is the most popular wood we work with.
PAU FERRO (machaerium schleroxylon) Also known as Bolivian Rosewood or Palo Santos – it is tonally similar to Rosewood with a fast, clear response.
AFRICAN ROSEWOOD (dalbergia baroni) This can resemble the best figured Brazilian Rosewood in appearance and sound. It has crisp, bell –like tap tones and Pic. African Rosewood outstanding volume and power
ZIRICOTE(cordia dodecandra) Very striking in appearance with deep bass tones with superb definition and openness
BLACK ACACIA(acacia melanoxylon) Also known as Australian Blackwood, this excellent tonewood varies from golden to dark brown in colour and has crisp, bright, clear characterisitics
KOA (acacia koa) Indigenous to Hawaii – this timber has a powerful mid-range and clear trebles, producing very balanced instrument.
SITKA SPRUCE (picea sitchensis) In various grades from ‘A’ to ‘Master’ – chosen for it’s consistent quality and straight uniform grain. Tight, clean sound – vibrates evenly over all frequencies
’SITKA SPRUCE - Bear Claw (picea sitchensis) Figured Spruce Bear Claw or sometimes known as Hazelfichte is broken into 2 sub categories of light and full figure dependant on the amount of figure across the board
ADIRONDACK (picea rubens) Red Spruce was used for the tops on many now vintage American guitars. Slightly lighter in colour than Sitka, it has a quick response with more snap to the note.
Please look through our gallery of possible timbers - descriptions of the particular wood in a musical instrument context are included.