How does each type of wood affect the sound of a guitar?Need to know
Today we want to show you some of the most common wood types and how each wood type affects the sound of a guitar.
It is a wood that is commonly used in the medium/low range, although we will not always find low quality mahogany, it will depend on the model and the brand.
WHAT SOUND POWER? If we have a decent model, we will get a sound with body, weight and quite serious. The climbs are duller.
It is a material that works perfectly with humbucker pickups due to the type of resonance that has the wood itself.
RELATED MUSICAL STYLES: Perfect for playing Heavy Metal or Rock.
ALISO / FRESNO
Very common in the Fender or Fender type. Offers strong media resonance. An example is the Telecaster or Strato but we can also find guitars of this material with more bass density.
CAUTION: with the low-quality Fresno as it may sound strident and with poorly defined bass.
RELATED MUSICAL STYLES: Southern rock, blues or country would be the perfect styles for this type of guitar/wood.
Aliso is more likely to find good qualities in cheap guitars than in Fresno.
It is a wood that is almost not used in the manufacture of guitars even though it is not a very expensive material and it works well.
WHAT SOUNDS LIKE POWER? Balanced bass and treble. Treble brighter than mahogany, definite bass.
One of the reasons it’s hardly used is because it’s a leatherwood and it’s harder to work with.
The most used in semi-solid jazz guitars, (Gibson, Ibanez, Epiphone…) It is the most used wood in all guitars.
WHAT SOUNDS TO POWER? It has enough depth in the sound in general.
There is maple of very different quality so it can appear in low or high-end guitars.
CAUTION: Be careful with the type of adjustment that has been made to the guitar.
WHAT SOUNDS LIKE POWER? Low density and very pronounced highs.
RELATED MUSICAL STYLES: Especially ideal for country, blues… and less suitable for Rock.
Coming from Hawaii, this wood is only used in high end or very high-end guitars and very rarely.
If you find a cheap Koa guitar, it is likely of bad quality.
WHAT SOUNDS LIKE POWER? If you are lucky to have had one in your hand, you will have noticed that it enhances an exotic and “woody” sound that may attract some who are not looking for a typical sound. Its sound is similar to that of mahogany, i.e. quite warm or creamy but a little brighter. You’ll find it in the best ukuleles made on the beautiful American island.
It was very fashionable in the ’80s.
WHAT SOUNDS LIKE POWER? Good bass balance, more media and less sharp than Alder. The guitar will sound with more rhythmic weight and a soft tone.
RELATED MUSICAL STYLES: Very common for rock, Hard Rock, Pop.
Written by Michael Adams
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