#1
You see a lot of acoustic guitars with rosewood back/sides, and the same sorts of guitars often use mahogany. We've got tons of mahogany electric guitars, but I never see any with rosewood, at least on solid body guitars. Is there a particular reason for that?
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#3
Sure. One word: cost! A chunk of good rosewood that big (for a solidbody electric guitar) is very expensive. It is also very heavy. The backs and sides of an acoustic guitar are very, very thin. Therefore, cost and weight aren't as much of a concern. Still; it has been done. Fender famously offered a solid rosewood Telecaster a long time ago. Former Beatle George Harrison is probably the guitarist most associated with that one. Others have offered custom-made guitars with solid rosewood bodies. Between the weight and the density of the wood, most people find that those guitars sound too bright. But there are plenty of people who lust after them. And if you've got the cash, you too can have a solid rosewood guitar.



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Sure. One word: cost! A chunk of good rosewood that big (for a solidbody electric guitar) is very expensive. It is also very heavy. The backs and sides of an acoustic guitar are very, very thin. Therefore, cost and weight aren't as much of a concern. Still; it has been done. Fender famously offered a solid rosewood Telecaster a long time ago. Former Beatle George Harrison is probably the guitarist most associated with that one. Others have offered custom-made guitars with solid rosewood bodies. Between the weight and the density of the wood, most people find that those guitars sound too bright. But there are plenty of people who lust after them. And if you've got the cash, you too can have a solid rosewood guitar.





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I was hoping id never see those rosewood teles again...

thanks for re-igniting my GAS flame for one..
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#8
if you were shopping for a guitar that looks like that sort of, and you weren't willing to possibly pay the high prices you'd need to for the rosewood, you may look at wenge bodied guitars. it can be used for fretboard and neck wood as well. in fact I think its primary use is neck wood since it's supposed to be very stable. it doesn't need to be finished either. its porous feel is supposed to be pretty smooth and comfortable. I want to say ive briefly touched a wenge-necked bass and it was indeed lovely.

the Polish company Rotor a few years back were making custom and semicustom guitars with a lot of wenge. they kinda slacked on the QC front so I wouldn't trust them, but I thought their stuff looked pretty nice. here's an example.

however if you only care about rosewood, ignore my post and have a lovely day


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