I have been looking at a Marlique Guitar which i have just seen on trademe. I had this idea of a sliding pickup, that you could slide from bridge to neck, that could be cool. Generally, the highs are slightly attenuated with lows that aren’t that pronounced and a midrange that might use an extra kick because the mids aren’t that abundantly available. In my experience, what Orpheo has said is pretty accurate, and as he mentions are general rules for species. As a fretboard you get the bite of maple and the rumble of rosewood, with a unique, speedy feel. I believe it is all just a matter of the musicians opinion and preferences. I think Agathis has slowly started to replace basswood in cheap guitars, while nyatoh is being used to replace mahogany. No doubt the pickups and electronics you use will have a bigger effect on your tone than the wood, because its an *electric* guitar. Does anyone know anything about this type of wood? Some electrics (modern designs like Ibanez and ESP i.e. Nato's okay by me. It's super cheap, and is not really a good sounding wood at all when directly compared to a quality Equatorian mahogany. This classic, brownish wood has being used for instruments for years. Plus most people adjust the sound though electronics which standardizes the tone. “Wood is the majority of tone on a electric guitar or any guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!! Orpheo, dont let any of those bitches bother you, I thought it was a decent article, and its hard to be very specific with something like tone woods, but Im sure theres plenty of beginner or intermediate players who would enjoy this article and could stand to learn a lot from it. This fast growing wood produces relatively soft timber with long grains. Of what? Just to confuse things some “hardwoods (like Balsa and Obeche) are very soft, while some “softwoods” like Pitch pine are quite hard. Previously, the reason behind the different tones that different woods create has been explained. Then build your own guitar with the best features you could get. For most people, it probably makes no difference. But since it’s so rare and expensive, you’d be hard pressed to find a solid rosewood guitar. Birdseye is considered a figure pattern but actually, it is not. To what degree each factor alters the tone varies. Anyone who doesn’t believe that wood dictates the resonance and length of time (sustain) that the strings vibrate on an electric guitar is either tone deaf or completely ignorant. Nato is used primarily for furniture. You could say the same of any instrument when amplified. Acoustics, in my opinion, are a whole other ball game. The wood is about as hard as maple but has a bit more oil in it than maple, making the tone a bit warmer. I would almost describe it as maple with softer highs and more gentle mids. Compared to Mahogany, Nyatoh is a little bit denser (620 vs. … This wood is hard, heavy and dense. I haven’t played enough guitars to actually tell for sure. Poplar sounds a lot like alder, but looks usually a lot less appealing (and some players report a little more upper midrange compared to alder). So what do you make of that. My guess is: ♦ Locking tuners ♦ A good bridge (Tune-o-matics are crap, because the strings lay on small blades and they snap a lot, also small surface area is bad for sustain) ♦ A metal nut, best if it also locks. That is the nature of the beast. Compared to bubinga, walnut has a bit more presence and bite and a little less projection. You have hard ash, which has a lot of bite, almost like maple, but with more (and chunkier) lows. If the body material did a difference, the tone of the guitar would significantly change if you pressed the guitar against a wall, or put the guitar on the floor, because that’s like an extention of the body. It’s really more about the sum of many components/materials in the guitar adding up to the end differences, more than any singular thing (though if I had to pick just one item, I’d say a dramatic pickup change would produce the most instantly noticeable differences). Heavy grain filler, thick clear coats and especially poly finish. ♦ A hell lot of Elixir polyweb strings… Oh how I wish they made those for 7 string guitars…. That makes it a perfect template for your own sound. So I put EMG’s on it to save the sound… Then it was fair. Nice try though. The different tones themselves were not fully explored and in this article I will give a global overview of the different tone woods, the sound they produce and in some cases their purpose. The fact that it is about guitar is completely irrelevant. If you use epoxy for grain filling you just killed your guitar tone. Also, I noticed quite a lot of grammatical error. All rights reserved. Apples and oranges my friend. “A high-cut piece of hard ash might be closer to the sound you’re looking for than a lower cut of swamp ash.” What is the sound am I looking for? Sorry but not all guitar players are so stuck up on grammer…. I have strangers come in and they can tell the difference….sorry, it’s true. The first thing you will look at when buying a classical guitar is the type of wood used. That said, I assume tone-wise, the difference between an expensive guitar (with exotic wood) and a cheap electric (of plywood), but both have the same pickups, hardware, etc., is nearly non existent. An Unofficial forum for those who love Martin instruments - Founded by Steve Stallings. I can be brief on this wood. Wood does not resonate when it weights a ton either, density prohibits such behavior. And obviously have NEVER tried this guitar testing….My pal took his Epiphone stripped it out used a Ash body blank I had layin around put all the parts back on and the guitar sound was a HUGE difference. As you stated same construction but different tones. *grammar …and until I see a group of people pick different tone woods out in a “blind” hearing test, i will always thing this argument is ridiculous. Electric, still a yes but depending you’re a clean guy. The tone is similar to korina and mahogany but with more upper mids and highs. cigblues3, Oct 19, 2012 #1. oldrockfan Well-Known Member. You just proved the point the tonewood is BS. Could be how each was setup (string height and intonation) because as you said they were all the same guitar and most likely the same type of wood. The difference may not be huge, but there is still going to be a difference. I am surprised no one made a real test yet. However, its no less music or art,or genius, if you can express whatever you intend with a broomstick,but your options are likely limited. That’s how I know the materials don’t make a difference.