Colored fillers or lacquer is set inside the grain to create a smooth clearing surface. Fingerboards come in three common natural wood options: ebony, maple, and rosewood. Ebony boards are rare in machine-made guitars. There are two main types of rosewood used to make guitars today: Brazilian and East Indian. This Swamp Ash combination has very similar sound characteristics to that of the solid Swamp Ash body. The wood drains quickly, making it very susceptible to splitting during the drying process. The sound of that format is a hard, clear, concentrated mid range that is a bit more spread out over the tonal spectrum than the Cobra. Alder Basswood or Swamp Ash Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by jackdc100, Sep 18, 2006. The colors can vary, but in guitar fretboards, you’re most likely to see Richlite in black to appear similar to ebony. Many of the 50's Fenders were made of Swamp Ash. They last longer and they come with better resonation. However, maple offers better sustainability. The tight, nearly filtered bass is harmonic and you can vary pick attacks. Each plant, and each piece of wood, displays inconsistencies and imperfections in varying shapes and sizes. You can create a clean, transparent sound with single-coil pickups easily. Basswood (pronounced bass like the fish) ... but Pine has a more focused bandwidth than either of its Alder or Swamp Ash contemporaries. Ifs natural color is light blonde to of white with little to no discernible grain. You can see the divide down the middle of the instrument when it’s in the case. Many people agree that certain woods come with a brighter or fuller sound than other types, but it’s hard to say exactly why they sound different from each other. The term “Swamp Ash” does not refer to any particular species of ash (Fraxinus genus), but is generally used by luthiers to describe lightweight wood yielded from ash trees which are usually found in wet or swampy areas. The hollow body does produce richer and more abundant overtones which give this combination a whole new character - perhaps moving closer to the traditional wood tones without losing its own personality. Discussion in 'Standard Guitars' started by vejichan, Feb 9, 2019. Expect to pair multiple kinds of wood for the best results. We offer two finish choices that show off the wood's natural color, Tobacco Shaded Edge and Cherry Shaded Edge. The wood configuration, particularly when it comes to the body of the guitar, isn’t as vital for electric guitars. This is what produces strong and stable functionality, but it’s less reactive to environmental changes than other hardwoods. Commonly known as Honduran mahogany, this type of wood is often associated with Gibson guitars. The sound is better, however, when it comes to the upper mid-range. A mahogany neck is very stable due to the density of the wood, which reduces the risk of warping over time. It offers chocolate brown stripes and a very hard, coarse texture with open grains. It offers a rich variety of both purple and brown colors, and the material has been used to create guitars for decades. It has a harder, more focused upper-mid crispness. Maple’s tone is highly reflective and bright, with more energy pushing toward the body wood. They remain more in the mid-range rather than the high side, which results in a musical sound for a beginner guitarist or a less expressive one for guitarists who play hard picking blues music. With a thicker, more expensive piece of wood, you gain superior results. Different types of wood may sway toward a particular imperfection as a part of their genetic makeup or characteristics, and this distinguishes the sound each wood type creates from the other. A man-made synthetic material, Richlite is a wood substitute when a more durable, harder wood is required. However, unlike basswood, alder can retain high notes and provide space for low tones. Not as soft and as singularly mid-focused as its Basswood cousin, but Pine has a more focused bandwidth than either of its Alder or Swamp Ash contemporaries. Body wood, or the types of wood used to create the back and sides of a guitar, does more than look pretty. The manufacturing process can take longer, as it requires closer attention to detail and careful handling of the materials. Guitar bodies made from a single piece of wood tend to come with a higher price tag. In terms of guitar sound, koa is balanced and warm. It’s also ideal to combine with an ebony fretboard to add brightness. It also stimulates the weaker end of the instrument. Basswood is a common body tonewood because it’s inexpensive and ideal for a factory setting. Basswood tends to soften the high notes, on the other hand. Overall, ebony fingerboards sound excellent on a guitar with a long neck (as long as the hardwood isn’t a hardwood like maple or bubinga). Rosewood is one of the most popular choices in acoustic guitars. This combination produces a bit less middle in its frequency response than does Maple Top with Basswood Back. Single woods are also more likely to warp over time and can show more imperfections in the wood. When it comes to building an acoustic guitar, there are many ways to arrange and utilize wood. Basswood is lightweight, but due to a low overall mass rather than large wood pores. Beliebte Hölzer für das Griffbrett (fretboard) 6.1. A popular wood choice for necks and fretboards, maple is highly recognizable due to the grain patterns, moderate weight, and bright tone. However, soft ash offers a warmer feel. It’s easy to: The softwood offers tight grains that often dampen and soften sharp hight tones, which can level out thin sounds like a knife-edged tremolo. Of course the weight is very light but the color selection is a bit more limited, than the ash/ash combination, only because the backing wood can look darker than the top wood with lighter transparent shades. However, it’s noticeably lighter in color than rosewood. Where it differs is in the sweeter top end. Korina is well renowned in the guitar industry as the tonewood of choice for the original Gibson Explorer and Flying-V guitars. Its tone is thick and concentrated with a forceful mid range. Poplar tonewoods are understated and minimalistic in appearance. Ebenfalls lesenswert; Klangmerkmale und Unterschiede. A type of black hardwood, wenge is stiff and strong. Pain in the shorts to put a fine finish on, as it will require some grain filling. Many people feel it is extremely well matched with humbucking pickups because it produces a lot of the same frequencies that humbuckers easily reproduce.