Wood Types
  • Bubinga


    This wood is full and responsive. Though not having the depth of Rosewood, it offers a much broader tonal response than mahogany.

    Used for: Back/sides

  • Cedar


    This is frequently used as an acoustic guitar soundboard - especially on nylong string guitars - and has a warm, soft, open sound with beautiful overtones.

    Used for: Soundboard

  • Cocobolo


    Cocobolo is a beautifully figured wood. It's visual spectrum ranges from the most brilliant reds, all the way through to the purest black.

    It is dense and hard, giving notes an immediate attack with long sustain. The sound is deep, with beautiful bell like overtones.

    Used for: Back/sides

  • Figured Ash

    Figured Ash

    Ash can be quite pale in colour when it is untreated, and often has a highly figured pattern which is aesthetically very pleasing.

    Tonally it has a 'snappy' high frequency range with strong mids and a crisp bottom end response.

    Used for: Soundboards, Back/sides

  • Koa


    Koa is a very dense wood with solid, pronounced mid tones with beautiful lows and well defined, but not sparkling, highs. This wood repsonds very well to firmer playing.

    Used for: Soundboards, Back/sides

  • Mahogany


    Physically lighter than rosewood, maple or koa, mahogany is no less popular as a tonewood. The response of mahogany is often described as 'quick' meaning that it is extremely dynamic, while the tone is very warm and rounded with an emphasis on the mid range.

    The top end is clear, but does not 'sparkle'.

    Used for: Back/sides

  • Maple


    Clear upper mid range and high frequencies along with a tight, focussed output and long sustain make this a very popular choice among some acoustic guitarists.

    The Flame characteristic is found in some maple and refers to a beautiful pattern running through the wood perpendicular to the grain.

    Used for: Back/sides

  • Nato


    Often referred to as 'Eastern Mahogany', Nato is a species which offers similar looks and similar characteristics to regualr mahogany.

    It offers a cost effective way to build a guitar with great looks and great tonal output.

    Used for: Back/sides

  • Ovangkol


    This wood is native to West Africa and has a beautiful appearance featuring colourful stripes ranging from golden browns through to greys and blacks.

    Tonally, it features a deep, warm low and mid range similar to rosewood, but has a much punchier high end which is much more like the tones obtained from Maple.

    Used for: Back/sides

  • Quilt Maple

    Quilt Maple

    Like standard maple, this variation is loud and tightly focussed with an emphasis on the upper mids and high end registers.

    The term 'quilt' refers to the very distinctive patterning on the wood itself.

    Used for: Back/sides

  • Rosewood


    Offering full bass, defined but warm mids, and punchy highs, rosewood is very highly regarded as a tone wood for building acoustic guitars.

    Visually, it is also beatiful. Rich colours varying from red through to black make rosewood a very popular choice.

    Used for: Back/sides

  • Rosewood & Maple

    Rosewood & Maple

    The combination of these two woods appears on some Takamine models with 3-piece backs and gives a nod to the artistry involved in guitar making.

    The combination results in an absolutely beautiful instrument.

    Used for: Back/sides

  • Sapele


    This dense tonewood has a look similar to mahogany, but with a very distinctive striped grain.

    Being relatively dense, the sound of sapele is crisp, clear and bright while retaining a good level of warmth in the lower ends and lower mids.

    Used for: Back/sides

  • Spruce


    Spruce is the most commonly used wood for the soundboard or ‘top’ of the guitar. It’s stiff, yet light characteristics give it a bright, clear tone.

    Used for: Soundboards

  • Bearclaw Spruce

    Bearclaw Spruce<

    Spruce is the most commonly used wood for the soundboard or ‘top’ of the guitar. It’s stiff, yet light characteristics give it a bright, clear tone.

    'Bear Claw' is a variant whereby the pattern on the wood resembles the clawing of a bear.

    Used for: Soundboards