We handpick every piece of lumber we use, looking for the best characteristics for each purpose, for the neck we look for hard stable and resonant Woods, sometimes with figured grain.

For the bodies we aim for stable resonant Woods, with great figure patterns for the clear finishes. We try to find the lighter pieces of lumber, but this characteristic is not always present, so in many cases we chamber our bodies for a lighter resonant instrument.

THE WOOD

SPECIES

Alder

Consider a medium weight wood, which gives a neutral tone with a tendency to accentuate the upper mid range. Normally used with solid color bodies, but sometimes can have a nice light figure.

Mahogany

Consider to be a medium weight wood, is very stable for bodies and necks, sometimes has nice grain, it can be used for natural or solid colors, in combination with other woods, such as Alder or maple we can add brightness, punch and sustain.

Is also very resonant wood.

Wenge

This is a dark and nicely grain African wood,

very stable and heavy, used mainly for 

neck construction.

Ash

This wood is on the heavy side, has beautiful open grain ideal for clear finishes, sound wise adds more treble and sustain, and in combination with Mahogany can sound warm and rich, but a full Ash body is normally well balanced.

Maple

This is a very important wood for building instruments, is widely used to build necks, due it's high density and stiffness, is also used for bodies giving an articulated tone with lots of bright tones with good attack and sustain. Consider a medium heavy wood, it´s great for many applications.

We use mainly 3 types of Maple:

Hard Rock

Flame

Birdseye

FINGERBOARD WOOD

Rosewood

Ebony

There are different species of Ebony used the most common are Macassar and Gabon, Macassar has more grain normally brown and straight, Gabon tends to be more uniform in color tending to be black with some brownish grain. Both are very hard and can be sanded to a very smooth finish, that gives excellent bright tone with great string attack.​

Birdseye Maple

This is a very stable and dense wood that requires finish, making it maintenance free, Maple is consider to add brightness and midrange to the tone, and works great with body woods such as Mahogany

or Alder.

This is a very common wood used in fretboards, normally has a dark brown color, tends to darken the sound in comparison with Maple or Ebony, but still a favorite for stringed instruments. Normally needs no finishing, just a coat of fret conditioning oil every year, or before if needed.​

Granadillo

This wood is no porous and dense normally Redish brown, with straight grain, but some boards can come with a strip of a different color normally very light and contrasting. Consider being similar to Rosewood it gives a brighter tighter tone in comparison.

We can get other species of wood by request.