Guitar Wood Blanks , Swamp Ash, Alder, Poplar,mahogany Build Your Own Guitar

In the past 20 years I have sold beautiful tone woods to many guitar manufacturers when they wanted something extremely nice for a special customer. I realy dont like paulownia wood i have a guitar made of it. the guitar is to lite and the neck is heaver than the body so the guitar is off balance. It isn’t an assembly-line kind of place where one guy does the same job day in, day out. Arguably, nothing affects the sound and tone of the guitar more than the bracing. It is good for gluing two pieces of unfinished wood other materials like nuts and binding strips. With increases in humidity the width of a piece of wood will increase because the fibers in the wood absorb water from the air and expand.

With less restriction on where the wood can come from one can even construct an instrument with a more traditional look. Neither guitar had more then $100 in wood, the first maybe $40, the second I went uptown and spent $80 total in wood. Above: Gerard Egan sets up a guitar before it heads out the door at Santa Cruz Guitar. So, I guess the correct answer to the question if wood makes a difference in the sound of an electric guitar is It depends”.

This is a blog, not a peer reviewed acoustics journal (and I wonder how many guitar fans read those.) I took this as a well-considered reminder that the type of wood can have an effect on the sound we get, something many players may not be aware of. Thanks, Ola! I chose to build an OM sized guitar (approximately) with a tighter waist, using Amazon Rosewood for the back and sides, and AAA Englemann Spruce for the soundboard. The vibrations will cause sap rearrangement within the guitar wood often producing a richer more attractive sound.


Right now, I’m building from pre-fab parts from Warmoth, Stewart Macdonald’s, etc. Clear gloss finishes can be sprayed on any wood but are difficult to accomplish without professional equipment. And remember to support paulownia wood as a quality resource for guitar building as we all play our part in evolving the guitar industry, it is a great material for instruments and we have a lot of it to go around!

Some types of wood that were commonly used in the 1950s are close to extinct today, and can no longer be used for mass production. I’ve also worked on guitars for a very long time so I feel pretty confident in my first building from scratch endeavor. Solid Alder is a fairly light and incredibly resilient wood that is a favorite amongst electric guitar makers. The basis of most modern classical guitar designs was developed by Spanish luthier Antonio Torres Jurado in the mid-19th century. Pine also has a tendency to cup when it gets wet, and this includes using wood glue. Checks or cracks can develop as humidity drops drastically as the wood shrinks from loss of moisture.

Includes plans for making a bench shaper/horizontal milling machine, belt sander, collet chuck, surface grinder, and more. What type of tonewood and what specific set you’d like for your guitar is just one of the many options you will have an opportunity to choose from when you order a custom Lichty guitar. There are no human hands, no human eyes to line up the wood perfectly so that imperfections in the wood fall into locations that won’t be seen later. Moreover, creating smooth curved surfaces is difficult due to the alternating hard and soft wood layers.

This begs the question of why we seem to be so determined to build instruments out of expensive, hard to get, and increasingly environmentally detrimental wood species, when excellent domestic alternatives are readily available. The favorite tone wood of the Gibson® brand name; associated with some of the most famous rock music of our time. I suppose you could try it out and if you like the sound then maybe you could start a new trend by posting threads up about how nice the wood sounds. This means: make sure all ‘ground’ pins of the components, starting with the one from the output jack, are connected together without making any loops.

I’ve been trying to make a ceramic guitar body but I’m not sure how to pre-plan for wiring and electronics. Brazilian can be so squirrelly that an occasional side may have to be discarded, since trying to sand out the ripples would leave the wood paper thin. I’ve heard claims that wood joints kill sustain, but I have to argue otherwise. Never thought of what guitar wood was on my favorite albums growing up, I was too busy singing along. The will always little chips in the wood that you can’t fill up easily with primer.