Choosing wood is the key to buying an instrument. There are a lot of woods on the market, but only a few of them have been widely used for the construction of bodies for electric instruments. Many great builders, see Fender® and Gibson® have used, from the beginning, woods that did not cost too much, woods that were of great availability and had good tonal characteristics. One of these is the alder (or American Red Alder), used from the beginning for Stratocaster® and Telecaster ® . It is a particularly easy to work wood, with great availability (in the USA), cheap enough and with good sound. The same is for the mahogany of Gibson® (although today it is no longer economical because of the severe plague of deforestation). This is to make you realize that in choosing Wood too often you follow the fashion or big builders but why do not experience new essences and pairs them? The woods listed above are great, but why not try great essences such as Italian poplar or chestnut?

Below is a list of the main essences with their characteristics. In addition to the listed woods we can use a lot of other wood species, you can contact us for availability


Specific weight: 640-720 kg/m³
Maple is surely one of the most used woods in guitar building. We offer two types of maple:
- hard rock maple very rigid wood used for necks
- european maple, Wood slightly softer than the previous one with slightly less noticeable grain, is used for the body
 It provides a very brilliant sound, with good attack with good sustain.

Specific weight: da 550 kg/m³ (swamp) a 850 kg/m³ (hard ash)
We supply two types of ash:
- swamp ash, very light wood with open pores. It offers a good balance between brilliance and warmth while it can be painted, with excellent results, even with transparent finishes
- Hard ash, heavier than the previous one but with very similar aesthetic characteristics. It is brighter than the swamp ash and has a distinctive tone
The ash was used by Leo Fender for its first and famous guitars.

Specific weight: 500-800 kg/m³
Mahogany is the most used wood by Gibson® for the construction of bodies and neck of the Les Paul®.
It is a wood that can range from medium-heavy to heavy and has very interesting sound characteristics, tone is very warmth and has good sustain. It is also suitable for transparent varnishes.
Mahogany is a wood that is becoming increasingly rare due to the destruction of equatorial forests. Recently, there is also the African mahogany that has characteristics similar to American mahogany. When choosing a guitar, one should also think of the impact it has on the environment around us.

Specific weight: 500-600 kg/m³
It is the most used wood by the world's leading manufacturers of electric guitars and basses. Given the almost total absence of visible grain, it does not lend itself to transparent coatings while it is very suitable for sunburst or solid colors. It is one of the best balanced wood with equal amounts of lows, mids and highs

Specific weight: 550-650 kg/m³
Very good wood that has similar alder-like timbres. It is very well suited for solid color finishes, less for transparent ones due to sometimes darker spots.

Specific weight: 400-550 kg/m³
Basswood is a light, light-colored wood. It often has streaks due to minerals that absorb the tree. It is not very suitable for transparent finishes. It is a wood that provides a warm sound with good mids . Wood often used by Ibanez® for mid-high price guitars.
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