Category - Guitar Wood Selection

This very important category will cover top tonewood, back/side sets, neck wood, bracing and lots more.

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Soundboard Preparation
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Guitar Soundboard Analysis
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Tonewood for Guitar Tops
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Guitar Back Selection
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Tonewood Grading
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Resawing Tonewood
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Top Tonewood Selection

Soundboard Preparation

This post assumes you have purchased the tonewood for the soundboard and it arrives rough-cut (as is typical of most tonewood), and now it is up you the luthier to thin the top, and join it to prepare for additional operations. Tools and Supplies: 24″ Metal Level Roll of Self-stick 220 Grit Garnet Sandpaper Guitar Plate[…]

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Guitar Soundboard Analysis

Alright, let’s move on the the analysis of a good soundboard top. What makes a good one and how do you know what the sound will be by just looking at a plain ‘ol piece of wood? Well, looks can tell us a lot about how the guitar will sound and what qualities it will possess.[…]

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Tonewood for Guitar Tops

Selection of the guitar top plate tonewood is one of the most important steps you can make in the wood selection process. The top is the most influential piece of wood that shapes the guitars volume and tone color attributes. So follow these tips and if you find some great tonewood stock, load up on it and use if for many years to come.

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Guitar Back Selection

Backs/Side toned sets offer the luthier even more option than do the top tonewood selections. The reason for this is not only are instruments are built from domestic hardwoods, even more often they are built from exotic hardwoods. Since it is hard for the beginning luthier to understand everything there is to know about wood species[…]

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Tonewood Grading

As you will find out there are a lot of terms connected with wood, especially tonewood, such as grading, tone, tap tone, color, grain pattern and run-out, just to name a few. Top tonewood and back tonewood are graded for different characteristics that are inherent in a certain species of wood. For instance: How To[…]

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Resawing Tonewood

If you decide to get serious about lutherie as a hobby or as a profession, at some point in time you will want to explore merits of resawing wood. Now I’m not talking about logging here, but the purchase of lumber from qualified sources and sawing up the rough lumber yourself, using your shop equipment (i.e.[…]

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Top Tonewood Selection

Different wood species definitely influence the tone and volume of a guitar, whether that be an acoustic guitar or a classical guitar. For the purposes of selection of a tonewood for a guitar top plate, we will focus our attention on softwoods or conifer species of trees in this article.

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