#1
Yeah i know i could probably just search the web for the info but im too lazy and i think the subject needs addressing.

What woods are best used for guitar building, im curious and have thought about making a guitar from scratch. Im not sure what type of guitar or anything else progressive, its purely for reference

as well as what woods are good does anyone know what sounds the wood give, apparently mahogany is good for lead playing...

yeah im lost now lol
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#2
Depends on what kind of tone you want. If you want a brighter tone, typically you would go with something like Alder. If your wanting a darker tone you would use mahogany. If you want a tone thats more in the middle of both you could get something like basswood. But again it all depends on what type of tone you want, as to what wood you should use.
#3
i like maple everything, maple body and necks and penis???????????????????????????????????????????????///.....////...?/ wtf?WTF?
#4
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i like maple everything, maple body and necks and penis???????????????????????????????????????????????///.....////...?/ wtf?WTF?



that idiotic. you would have so much treble it would only be audible to dogs.
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#5
Well I dont agree with the thing about mahogany not being good for soloing. I like basswood for leads a lot. The wood smoths over the highs so its not so trebly and thin. Thats just my preference though.
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#6
ok cool so

Alder: bright tones
mahogany: darker tones/ some like it for soloing
maple: treble
basswood:inbetween alder and mahogany

is that roughly it? are there not more woods that are used?
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#7
ok cool so

Alder: bright tones
mahogany: darker tones/ some like it for soloing
maple: treble
basswood:inbetween alder and mahogany

is that roughly it? are there not more woods that are used?
My Gear (its soo lame )

Lindo Flame-Out, black
2x single 1x double hum. coils
Overlord of Music floyd-rose style bridge
locking nut (oh yea!!)
---
Squire SP10 Amp
Danelectric Fab metal dist.
DigiTech RP80 effects modeller
#8
Quote by Doodleface
that idiotic. you would have so much treble it would only be audible to dogs.


One of ESP's Kirk Hammett's has a Maple body and neck.

All I know is that Maple is heavier than lead.
#11
Those are the primary tonewoods. You can get into agathis, walnut, and oak. I've even seen some made with pine. But mahogany, alder, and basswood are usually the most common. But maple is used to offset the dark tone of mahogonay. Its not just a cosmetic thing.
#14
go to this it has a huge list of differnt woods and wat there for
u can buy the wood from them to

http://www.warmoth.com/guitar/options/options_bodywoods.cfm

that will give u a good description of alot of differnet woods
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#15
Quote by LuthierofTexas
Those are the primary tonewoods. You can get into agathis, walnut, and oak. I've even seen some made with pine. But mahogany, alder, and basswood are usually the most common. But maple is used to offset the dark tone of mahogonay. Its not just a cosmetic thing.



really? a guitar made of oak? bet thats freakin' heavy... unless..

noob question but are the bodies made out of chunks of these woods? im a bit confused cos my last guitar was made of some white plasticy s##t painted black
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Lindo Flame-Out, black
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Overlord of Music floyd-rose style bridge
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Danelectric Fab metal dist.
DigiTech RP80 effects modeller
#16
Heavier woods are usually chambered for weight concerns. But yeah they usually get made out of 1 3/4 to 2 inch thick blanks. Depending one what you want to pay you can either get a one piece blank right up to a three piece blank that you have to glue together. it just kind of all depends on how high of quality you want and what you want to pay, when ordering blanks.
#17
Quote by dontfret
I play with morning wood, and I like Sporting wood too.


yeah, i like to rub my wood... 'specially in the morning...
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#18
I have been doing lots of research on this and only found out one thing... Its all subjective, some sites say that a tonewood is bright and others say its warm. Some say its good, some say its bad. You have to go out and try some different guitars with different woods, whatever you like the most is what you should use.


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#19
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go to this it has a huge list of differnt woods and wat there for
u can buy the wood from them to

http://www.warmoth.com/guitar/options/options_bodywoods.cfm

that will give u a good description of alot of differnet woods


+1. The Warmoth link is a great resource for basics regarding tonewoods and their characteristics. You may also be interested in this list of guitar building resources I found helpful while working on my own guitar build.

Regards,

Rob
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