Tuesday 25 February 2014

Definition of Guitar Tonewoods

The wood used in making guitars plays an important role when it comes to creating that ‘ideal tone’. As any keen guitarist would know, the wood used when crafting a guitar is selected depending upon the sounds which need to be created. The wood is responsible for guitar's tone and durability. It also determines the value of any guitar. This depends on the type and quality, of the wood, as certain woods have the ability to last longer than others, so they are priced higher than others. 

Certain companies spend a great deal of time when it comes to finding high quality wood; Paul Reed Smith guitars offer a range of guitars with the option of top quality wood, but this of course, comes with a substantial price increase depending on the quality of wood.

Different woods and their tones-

Mahogany is used for guitar body, as it produces a classic, warm feel. You will notice that a great mahogany tone creates a lot of weight in guitar. The mellow, soft and warm tone is the reason that brands like Gibson Les Paul use this wood for their guitars.  

Alder wood is common in the manufacturing of Stratocasters as it is very light weight and they are quite small guitar.

Rosewood is one of the heaviest types. Stratocaster bodies are quite commonly made out of rosewood, but they are quite small guitars. The sound produced is very warm. Rosewood is usually limited to the fingerboard of a guitar. This can be seen on many PRS guitars


Maple is a very popular wood for necks and fretboards. It has a bright tone, characteristic grain patterns and a moderate weight. It is about the same density as hard ash making it very durable. The Fender Stratocaster usually incorporates the maple fretboard, neck and has a maple top body. 

Ash wood is available in two variations hard or soft. Hard Ash which originates from the North is popular because of its bright tone and long sustaining qualities. Soft Ash which originates from the South is much softer, but still has a bright tone.

Walnut's tone is slightly warmer than that of the maple wood, although it still has a better Sustainability. Walnut is reasonably heavy, but still lighter than maple. 

Basswood is lighter than alder and is very soft, so it creates a very soft, but warm tone. This wood is usually associated with mid-level or budget guitars as it is one of the most affordable woods.

Ebony is the most common material, which is only used in fingerboards as it is quite heavy. It is not normally used for making the body of a guitar. It is very bright in color, and has an excellent durability. 

Different brands tend to have their favorite combinations of wood to use for their acoustic guitars and bass guitars, but with the information we have provided it gives you a good idea as to what to expect from a guitar by the materials it has been created from.

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Explore the Beauty of Music through the World of the Guitars!

Everyone loves music, no matter what their age may be; whether they are a child or elderly, everybody can appreciate the sweet sound made by a special instrument. For us, the melody of a guitar makes it a winner in our eyes.

Some guitarists say that when they strum out their favorite song or their loved tunes they disappear to another place as they feel such peace and serenity.

There are an increasing number of talented individuals who not only love to listen to the various chords but are eager to learn and play the guitar at the same time. Playing the guitar is not rocket science but it does require a passion to become skilled at. With proper training, inspiration and guidance there is no limit to the variations of guitars and genres which you can master. 

The acoustic guitar is the best option to start your learning journey with. When starting out the acoustic guitars are commonly the most cheapest and there are many second hand options available. Having a Second Hand Guitar will not affect you from learning the basics, as you will notice many are in excellent working condition. With a few months of dedicated practice you can then move on to branded Acoustic Guitars for a better, quality sound or perhaps take your first steps into a guitar genre or specialist guitar.

When it comes to the features needed to play this instrument, you will find right-handed guitars are more commonly sold; however that does not mean that by being left-handed you will suffer. You can easily source a left-handed guitar and it will give you peace of mind to know there are many guitar legends that are also left handed. 

Once you have learnt the basics of an acoustic guitar it’s time for you to explore the variations of guitars and genres of music. Many of today’s guitarists tend to stick to one area of music, but in the world of guitars, there is no such limit or restrictions to how many you can play, it just requires skill. There are also no rules as to a specific guitar being made for set genre. It is down to you to use your initiative and abilities. With each guitar there is an entire new universe to discover.

Whether you are delving into Jazz music with a PRS guitar or a Gibson, or maybe making some noise with an acoustic electric guitar, you will find the sound/style which is suited to you by exploring the beautiful world of Guitars.