Guitar wood, how to choose

Do you want to build a custom guitar in our workshop? These are the guidelines for choosing wood, you can certainly use them for personal amateur projects as well.

There are many woods and often you don’t understand anything, just because industrial marketing prefers to have us ignorant. The major industrial groups manufacturers of musical instruments partly to safeguard themselves from the strict rules of CITES ( Convention on international trade in endangered species of fauna and flora ) and to better sell their instruments, in fact, they sometimes make it impossible to understand the technical data sheets of the instruments. Guitar wood or for bass is often mentioned, but it does not always correspond to the truth. Other times we may find a scientific generic term, such as “ Dalbergia ” (which indicates a family of plants, not the race in particular). Especially in recent years, in which all the Dalbergia breeds have been protected, the confusion was made as a master and models of guitars with rosewood fretboard were seen, which then had Pau Ferro (Caesalpinia Ferrea). & nbsp; Also in lutherie you can find one wood for another, as there are similarities between the various breeds.

All woods are “noble” and each finds its use, but it is better not to find a keyboard with inappropriate woods. I tend to reward local woods, but it’s not always easy. I will explain how to make an instrument with local woods, without necessarily resorting to tropical or American woods.

If you choose to make a personal project, be well informed, do not buy the first piece that is passed off as rosewood.

The topic is vast, so I decided to “spread” these information in 4 chapters:

1 wood seasoning
2 characteristics of the woods
3 wood for fingerboard and neck
4 wood for the body of the guitar and bass
5 raw body bonding according to the cuts

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