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Our Woods

Our Woods

Because we are a custom maker and handcraft only a select number of high quality instruments per year, we only use the best woods available. Our approach to making guitars is different, and, it's reflected in the aesthetics and sound quality of each instrument we make. From our shop's inception, we have been committed to producing the best guitars, which means using the best woods, and always in an environmentally responsible manner. We regularly used reclaimed wood, which means taking care of the environment and reaping the benefits of aged woods.

Brazilian Rosewood

Known historically for its beauty and ability to provide wonderful acoustic tone, Brazilian Rosewood is one of the most desirable on the planet. It looks deep and rich, and gives a guitar a warm tone at the brighter end of the spectrum of tone. Because of its great strength, elegant look, and tonal qualities, this is one of the most superior woods for guitars.


The density levels of these many woods provide better durability and more consistent sound, while providing a look that is warm, rich, dark, and well-blended. These woods are diverse and we use each in a way that provides the most quality benefits for our different guitars.

True Mahogany

A real rain forest timber, this is one of the most sought woods. We have a tight provenance chain that is used in an environmentally responsible manner. We use only the highest grade to produce a tonal quality that's beyond any ordinary assembly manufacturing.

Walnut, Koa, and Sycamore (Platenus Racemosa)

All three woods can produce similar tone like that of true mahogany, but only when dimensioned correctly, and that's where are professional luthiers come-in. Resin polymerization creates a large array of aesthetics. Though there is much out there about the acoustic qualities of these various woods, these are not true and are misconceptions. These woods are more varied in cosmetics, and not tonal quality.

USA Rock and Red Maple

These woods are a favorite among jazz players because they naturally possess a brighter tone, while still delivering a great look. What's more, these woods provide more distinction between individual notes and for offering a more distinct sound.

European Maple English Sycamore

European luthiers traditionally use this wood because of its distinction in individual notes and brightness of tone. This wood is clean and softens the edge of the sound of the instrument.

Sitka Spruce

This wood best accentuates the warmness of the instrument's tone. Sitka is a frequently used wood for many steel stringed guitars, including acoustics.

Adirondack Spruce

This is the classic choice of flat-top acoustic instruments. It is also called Red Spruce, this tone wood is the one most often used in the majority of vintage, collectible guitars because of the nature of its stiffness.


This wood responds best to light string attack, which is why it's often the choice for fingerstyle guitars. It provides resonating volume and is superior in its ability to support lower tension tuned instruments. Though it is limited in its versatility, it is the best choice for fingerstyle guitars.

European Spruce

This is a great tone wood that is similar to Adirondack spruce in its weight to strength ratio. It's also the wood used in crafting quality violins for centuries. It gives off a fat treble range with a tight bass range.