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Demystifying Tonewoods | What's the Difference Between Guitar Woods?

Demystifying Tonewoods | What's the Difference Between Guitar Woods?


In relation to guitar tones, we hear terms like "scooped mids," "bell-like chime," "warmth" or "brightness," or "midrange monster" all the time; but outside of these trendy terms, there is a vast universe of tonal nuance to understand in the realm of tonewoods. When we discuss tonewoods, we're talking about both the top and back/sides of the guitar, and the different combinations of soft and hard woods that are paired on fine instruments. Spruce, cedar, rosewood, mahogany, maple, and koa are some options just at the surface of this conversation-- today, Chris McKee dives in deep to give you a better understanding of these woods, and even debunks some common misconceptions you might've heard online. Tell us your favorite wood combination in the comments below!

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