wood

What is the ideal wood for an acoustic guitar?

There are several kinds of woods for different guitars.

For Flamenco guitars I prefer the cypress woods, with either a spruce or cedar top.

The Classical guitar is mostly made using Brazilian rosewood or Indian rosewood. I am not a big fan of all new woods used nowadays. Some may be fine, but they are just an alternative to the rosewood.

The tops of my Flamenco and Classical guitars are either made in spruce or cedar. I selected cedar for myself on Vancouver Island over 40 years ago. The spruce is only European spruce, from Switzerland, Austria or Germany. Again, all old stock.

The Archtop uses only maple back and sides: they can be highly figured or not. To be honest, I do not care so much about the visual appearance than others may do. The acoustic response of the wood is of much greater value to me.

For most of my guitars I use either a mahogany or cedrella neck. For my Archtops I also prefer to use mahogany but most customers prefer maple, since this has become a standard in recent years.

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