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Post  globaltrancemission on Thu Feb 03, 2011 5:00 am

You may find this page interesting....it gives a guide to the different Tone qualities of the types of wood used for guitars.

http://www.soundunlimited.co.uk/article_Guitar_Tone_Woods_39.html

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Post  Rick k on Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:10 am

Peter, that was a great read for me.
I've always had a fondness for Mahogany, particularly Indian mahogany and ebony for the fretboard.
I built my SG out of an indian mahogany laminate that came from a template that PPG used back in the 50's.
This wood is extinct now, I'm guessing the wood I used is close to 75 yrs old.
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Post  DACE on Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:12 am

This is ONE of those TOPICS for me...Like the "good" music one.
ALL WOOD IS TONE WOOD.
ALL WOOD HAS ITS OWN TONE.
ALL WOOD MAKES GOOD TONE.
There just is NO best with tonewood, only different, and more or less popular.
JUST like music.

PLYWOOD has an AWESOME electric-TONE!
MOST would/wood Laughing say i crazy saying that..HAD loads of them, its great wood for guitars. MOST unpopular tho....O well.....Ya cant tell nobody anything.. Laughing

I know a company here that uses 150 to 200 year old wood for there guitars.
I made one out of plywood in my backyard.
BOTH cool.
My LOTUS is plywood body. Sounds FAB!
Nothing like old great wood, nothing like brand-new-plywood either..Smile
Wood is GOOD! no matter the kind or age.
Im a X-builder, LOVE WOOD....Smells WONDERFUL..Smile
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Post  globaltrancemission on Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:51 am

Do you know anything about Agathis ?

I notice that some manufacturers use it and my Ibanez Bass has an Agathis body.Seen it on some other Ibanez guitars also.

Its very light in weight but has a good tone and sustain. Smile

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Post  z on Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:28 am


I like Mahogany for set neck guitars and Alder for Strat style guitars.

I agree with Dace that all wood is good, just different (although I have had plywood body
guitars that RATTLED [something loose inside the wood]).

I like the warm sound and the vibrations from Mahogany the best.

I find that playing chords with my eyes closed on an electric guitar that is NOT plugged in
gives me a good feel for the wood. You feel it in your hands with the vibrations and the
sustain.

It is true that aged wood sounds better. I think it becomes denser as it dries out and then
has better vibrations.


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