Meet the kinds of woods our musical instruments are made of

(Pay attention! We do not sell wood for building musical instruments)

Mahogany is a reddish-brown wood which comes mainly from South and Central America. It has a very organic sound and emphasizes the midrange of the acoustic instruments. Often used for making bodies and necks. Provides a balanced sound.

Sapele is sometimes mistakenly called  African mahogany. It comes from West Africa and has a mahogany-like appearance. The sound also reminds the mahogany with higher frequencies and very strong sustain because of the rapid growth of the tree.

Indian Rosewood is one of the most popular woods. It has a slightly wider range than the mahogany and gives a deep and clear sound. More emphasis on LOW END and a clear TOP END. It common

for making bodies, bridges and fretboards. It comes from India. According to the 2017 CITES regulations, there are restrictions on  rosewood trade and export.

Rio Rosewood - Black Dalbergia (Brazilian rosewood) as raw material is prohibited for export from Brazil and is therefore very rare. It is usually found in Brazilian instruments, but today the Brazilian government is very careful about the export of instruments. The sound of Brazilian rosewood is pretty similar to the sound of Indian rosewood but its texture is more spectacular.

Ovangkol sounds like rosewood with slightly higher frequencies (but not as high as maple) and with more mid range frequencies . It is usually used for making bodies. Comes from Africa and is therefore sometimes called the African Rosewood.

Walnut is a very beautiful wood and has a little resemblance to the sound of koa wood. It is somewhere between the mahogany and the maple in tonality. A deep sound that will "open" over the years. It is mainly found in Portuguese and American musical instruments bodies. The wood is sensitive to dryness and tends to crack.

Ebony is a dark wood from West Africa which is very common for making fretboards. It is a very hard and heavy wood (it sinks in water!) It provides a rich and clean sound with a wide range and a lot of low frequencies.

Macassar Ebony is an exotic wood which comes from Indonesia. It is very similar to ebony, only with stronger basses. It takes some time for the wood to "open".

Koa comes from Hawaii and is the traditional wood of the ukulele. It is a combination of mahogany and maple in its tonality. The wood takes a long time to "open" and then the midrange expands and gets a richer and sweeter tone.

Pau Ferro comes from South America and is sometimes called Rosewood Santos. It looks very similar to rosewood but is harder and has a lighter color. Provides a very beautiful, clean, precise sound. It is used to replace rosewood.

Maple is a wood from North America which produces a very nice sound that "cuts the mix". It has a high volume and a long sustain. It is musical wood with a light color. Can come in several textures - (from left to right: quilted maple, bird eyes maple,flame maple and regular maple). The textures do not affect the sound. However, straight fibers are thought to provide better sound.

Cedar is a strong wood which "boosts" the sound of your instrument. It can be found mainly in the neck due to its relatively light weight and also in the top of Latin instruments.

Spruce comes from central Europe and has been the most popular for making tops of musical instruments since the days of the violin of Stradivarius. It provides a very strong sound.It is known for its excellent vibration capabilities due to the straight fibers.

American cherry is mainly found in American musical instruments and it is a typical wood for the mountain dulcimers. It provides a rich and balanced tone.

Imbuia is a Brazilian walnut which is hard and dense. It gives a clear tone. Can be found in the backs and sides of some of the Brazilian instruments.

Birch is a very strong and dense wood with a relatively bright shade of tone. It is very popular in percussion instruments, such as cajons and even drums, but sometimes it can be found in other musical instruments. Comes from Europe or the USA.

Sycamore is a wood with a very bright tone and it is mainly used for building flamenco guitars. The wood is also common in mountain dulcimers. The wood comes from the Middle East and North America.

Naranjillo is a fruit tree which grows in South America and its wood is mainly used to build the body of the 'charango'. It sounds like maple .

Whitewood can be found in inexpensive instruments manufactured in China.

Alder is a very popular wood mainly for electric guitars. It provides a rich tone with a lot of low frequencies, warm sound and lots of sustain.

Basswood (also linden or lime) is a tree which grows in Europe and can be found mainly in instruments made in Japan or Eastern Europe. It is quite similar to maple in sound.

Eucalyptus comes, of course, from Australia and it is quite similar to rosewood in the way it sounds. Very common in flamenco guitars.

Wenge is sometimes called Panga Panga. It is a very dense wood with characteristics similar to the Brazilian rosewood. The wood comes from Africa. Can be seen in bodies of acoustic instruments and fretboards.

Purpleheart or Nezerno is a tree which grows in South and Central America. It has a strong sustain due to the straight fibers. Can be seen mainly in Brazilian musical instruments.

Mulberry is mainly used for building musical instruments with concave backs that come mostly from western Asia such as Iran, Turkey and Greece. In most cases it is carved as one piece. Can be found in percussion instruments, too.

African Padauk is very similar in tone to rosewood and therefore serves as a replacement for it. It has a reddish color and is easier to work with than rosewood.

Senna Siamea - Castelfini is a wood which comes from Southeast Asia and has properties similar to rosewood. It is used as a substitute for rosewood in instruments produced in Vietnam.

Oak a rare wood to find in a musical instrument. It can be seen in acoustic guitars and it gives a clean sound and beautiful tones. In the past it was very common in acoustic guitars but its use slowly faded.

Nato is slightly similar to mahogany and is therefore sometimes called Eastern Mahogany. The wood is very cheap and it is usually seen in the bodies and necks of inexpensive musical instruments.

Hornbeam - This is a relatively uncommon wood in musical instruments but we will see it, most often, in musical instruments that come from the Middle East mainly in the neck but sometimes also in the body.

Juniper - is also a relatively uncommon wood in musical instruments but we can see it in some Turkish musical instruments.

Juniper - is also a relatively uncommon wood in musical instruments but we can see it in some Turkish musical instruments.

Juniper - is also a relatively uncommon wood in musical instruments but we can see it in some Turkish musical instruments.

Juniper - is also a relatively uncommon wood in musical instruments but we can see it in some Turkish musical instruments.

Juniper - is also a relatively uncommon wood in musical instruments but we can see it in some Turkish musical instruments.

Juniper - is also a relatively uncommon wood in musical instruments but we can see it in some Turkish musical instruments.

Juniper - is also a relatively uncommon wood in musical instruments but we can see it in some Turkish musical instruments.

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