#1
What are good/bad wood for electric guitar?

From what I've heard:

Bad: Plywood
Good: Maple, Alder.

Am I right?
#3
Oh sheltered, sheltered child ...

Bad: Basswood, Agathis
Good: Alder, Mahogany, Rosewood, Maple
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#4
Umm yeah, I'd definitely avoid plywood. Alder is good along with ash.
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#5
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Oh sheltered, sheltered child ...

Bad: Basswood, Agathis
Good: Alder, Mahogany, Rosewood, Maple


Better be a sheltered child than grossly misinformed child.
Basswood, bad? Oh boy. And where have you seen a rosewood guitar?

And back on topic, anything that's not made out of plywood, "hardwood", or agathis is generally trustable. Keep in mind though, that a $200 alder guitar isn't the same thing as a $1200 alder guitar, and same goes for any other good wood.
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#6
Mahogany, Koa and Basswood are my favorites. I think MusicMan uses Poplar on the Steve Morse model, but theres also the quality of the wood that you must check at, theres some quite **** maple, and awful basswood so be careful
#7
Quote by flyingjew34
Oh sheltered, sheltered child ...

Bad: Basswood, Agathis
Good: Alder, Mahogany, Rosewood, Maple


Now what is your reasoning for basswood being a bad tonewood? High-end RGs are made from basswood.

"Bad": Plywood, Agathis (although anything is able to be worked with)
Good: Alder, Maple, Mahogany, Basswood...

There are plenty of other good woods like Koa and Ash but are less common. Maple is traditionally used with most hollowbodies.
#9
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BAD FOR ANYTHING: Plywood, "hardwood," Agathis

GOOD FOR BODY WOOD: Mahogany, Alder, Ash, Basswood, Poplar, Koa

GOOD FOR TOP: Maple, Alder, Mahogany, Koa

GOOD FOR NECK: Maple, Mahogany

GOOD FOR FRETBOARD: Maple, Rosewood, Ebony

That should help you out with you guitar choice. The "hardwood" mentioned is usually one of the other "woods" in the same category. Avoid it.

As for basswood, if it's so horrible, why is it used in expensive guitars like Ibanez JEM's?
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#10
Quote by pifty
Better be a sheltered child than grossly misinformed child.
Basswood, bad? Oh boy. And where have you seen a rosewood guitar?

And back on topic, anything that's not made out of plywood, "hardwood", or agathis is generally trustable. Keep in mind though, that a $200 alder guitar isn't the same thing as a $1200 alder guitar, and same goes for any other good wood.

I haven't seen a rosewood guitar, but it's good wood. I was referring more to the fretboard there though. As far as basswood goes, it's not horrid, but you can do better.
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#11
Quote by Xenn99
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BAD FOR ANYTHING: Plywood, "hardwood," Agathis

GOOD FOR BODY WOOD: Mahogany, Alder, Ash, Basswood, Poplar, Koa

GOOD FOR TOP: Maple, Alder, Mahogany, Koa

GOOD FOR NECK: Maple, Mahogany

GOOD FOR FRETBOARD: Maple, Rosewood, Ebony

That should help you out with you guitar choice. The "hardwood" mentioned is usually one of the other "woods" in the same category. Avoid it.

As for basswood, if it's so horrible, why is it used in expensive guitars like Ibanez JEM's?


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#12
Quote by Xenn99
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BAD FOR ANYTHING: Plywood, "hardwood," Agathis

GOOD FOR BODY WOOD: Mahogany, Alder, Ash, Basswood, Poplar, Koa

GOOD FOR TOP: Maple, Alder, Mahogany, Koa

GOOD FOR NECK: Maple, Mahogany

GOOD FOR FRETBOARD: Maple, Rosewood, Ebony


I thought neck and fretboard was the same thing, what's the difference between them?

What's the top?

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#13
The fretboard is a different color from the neck. The fretboard is the side facing out, the neck is back of the fretboard.

The top is the body of the gutiar facing out, flamed maple is so sexy.
#14
Neck=The material you place your hand around while playing on the fretboard.
Fretboard=The material you fret on.
Top=what it is, a top. Some guitars like Les Pauls are known for Maple caps to get both bright and dark tones. Just overall a covering.
#15
Isnt Bubgunga used for necks?I thinks thats how you spell it.
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#19
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do they even make plywood guitars, if so, which ones?

Yeah I have a Peavey Raptor that is plywood

I've never played on koa, I'd like to play one of Mustaine's old King V's to see what it's like.
#21
anyone heard of jati wood?is it good?
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#22
^I've never heard of jati, and I know a lot about different wood types...

As for why agathis is bad, it doesn't carry tones well. Usually resulting in a "dead" sound. It's just not meant for guitar wood, but because it's cheap, it gets used anyway.
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#23
Quote by pifty
Better be a sheltered child than grossly misinformed child.
Basswood, bad? Oh boy. And where have you seen a rosewood guitar?


Quote by flyingjew34
I haven't seen a rosewood guitar, but it's good wood. I was referring more to the fretboard there though. As far as basswood goes, it's not horrid, but you can do better.


To both of you, Rosewood guitars are more common than you think. You can find really beautiful acoustics with Rosewood sides and back etc, really nice sounding.

As for the last post concerning agathis, because it just sounds less good than any other wood. Like a bad maple or something, really should be avoided simply because there are much better woods out there in the same price-range i.e. alder.