Wood Choices for the Back & Sides

Wood Choices for the Back & Sides of a Classical Guitar…

African Blackwood

cgsmusic- African Blackwood

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Amazon Rosewood

cgsmusic- Amazon Rosewood

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American Cherry

cgsmusic- American Cherry

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Black Acacia

cgsmusic- Black Acacia

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Bocote

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Bubinga

Bubinga for Classical Guitar

Figured & Quilted Bubinga

Bubinga, also known as African Rosewood, is harder and heavier than either Brazilian or Indian Rosewood. It has a medium texture with interlocking grain. It’s pinkish-mauve cast oxidizes to a nice brownish-red over time.

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Camatillo Rosewood

cgsmusic- Camatillo Rosewood

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Canadian Cypress

cgsmusic- Canadian Cypress

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Cocobolo

cgsmusic- Cocobolo

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Eastern Indian Rosewood

cgsmusic- Eastern Indian Rosewood

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Granadillo

cgsmusic- Granadillo

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Honduran Rosewood

cgsmusic- Honduran Rosewood

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Koa

cgsmusic- Koa

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Lacewoodcgsmusic- Lacewood

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Macassar Ebony

cgsmusic- Macassar Ebony

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Madagascar Rosewood

cgsmusic- Madagascar Rosewood

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Mahogany – African & Honduran

Mahogany for Classical Guitar

Plain, Flamed & Quilted Mahogany

Honduran Mahogany used to be exported mainly from Honduras, but now comes more often from Brazil. African Mahogany is a little heavier and finer textured than Honduran Mahogany. Mahogany is fine for guitars due to its relative low cost, ease of working and stability. Colors range from light pink to medium brown to reddish brown.

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Maple

Maple for Classical Guitar

Flamed, Bigleaf & Burl Maple

Maple is known for its figure, particularly “curly” or “flamed” wood, exhibiting the tight even curls of “fiddleback” figure, as well as “birds-eye” and “quilted” or “blister” figure. European Maple is between Rock Maple and Bigleaf in hardness, and is fine and even-textured. Bigleaf Maple is a bit coarser and harder to work. It can range in color from ivory, to pink, to tan. Quilted Maple is the hardest to obtain.

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Monterey Cypress

cgsmusic- Monterey Cypress

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Oregon Myrtle

cgsmusic- Oregon Myrtle

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Ovangkol

cgsmusic- Ovangkol

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Padauk

cgsmusic- Padauk

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Palo Escrito

cgsmusic- Palo Escrito

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Pau Ferro

cgsmusic- Pau Ferro

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Spanish Cypress

cgsmusic- Spanish Cypress

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Walnut

cgsmusic- Walnut

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Wenge

cgsmusic- Wenge

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Zebrawood

cgsmusic- Zebrawood

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Ziricote

cgsmusic- Ziricote

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See: Alternative Wood Choices for the Classical Guitar

Alternative Wood Choices for the Classical Guitar


 

 

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