Types of wood

Here I have collected a choice of the most common woods in guitarmaking for you.
The described tonal properties are valid expressly for acoustic instruments. Tonal characteristics for solid body instruments can differ strongly.


  1. 01. rock maple

  2. 02. Pearwood

  3. 03. Bubinga

  4. 04. Cedro

  5. 05. Cocobolo

  6. 06. Ebony

  7. 07. Yew

  8. 08. Alder

  9. 09. European spruce

  10. 10. Honduras rosewood

  11. 11. Cherry

  12. 12. Koa

  13. 13. Mahogany

  14. 14. Walnut

  15. 15. Indian rosewood

  16. 16. Ovangkol

  17. 17. Padouk

  18. 18. Redwood

  19. 19. Brazilian rosewood

  20. 20. Tulipwood

  21. 21. Western red cedar

  22. 22. Sitka spruce

  23. 23. Ziricote

  24. 24. Cypress


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