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Body Options

  Alder - moderate attack and smooth decay having a very even, full and balanced tone with well defined highs and clear lows.
     
  Mahogany - smooth attack and a rich singing quality giving warm, rounded tones. A maple cap will provide more brilliance and punchy lows.
     
  Swamp Ash - distinct ringing tones and produces transparent timbres with bell like overtones - alive and lightweight.
     
  Korina - beautifully resonant wood with all the characteristics of mahogany only more of everything.
     
  Walnut - has some of the woody tones of mahogany and its warm bass response but also mids and trebles associated with rosewood.
     
     
Neck Options    
     
  Flame Maple - provides a bright, occasionally brittle edge with long sustain.
     
  Birds Eye Maple - provides a bright, occasionally brittle edge with long sustain.
     
  Rock Maple - provides a bright, occasionally brittle edge with long sustain.
     
  Mahogany - smooth attack and a rich singing quality giving warm and rounded tones.
     
  Korina - very resonant exhibiting all the characteristics of mahogany only more of everything.
     
  Wenge - adding brightness and attack with percussive snap.
     
     
Fingerboard Options
     
  Brazilian Rosewood - it imparts a glassy tone being very resonant, producing deep bass response and brilliant trebles with a slow decay - very bell like.
     
  Indian Rosewood - helps fatten up the midrange though highs tend to be dampened by the woods high oil content.
     
  African Ebony - it has a crisp attack and fast decay, tending to add brilliance to the sound and imparting snap.
     
  Asian Ebony - it has a crisp attack and fast decay, tending to add brilliance to the sound and imparting snap.
     
  Ziricote - exhibiting all the tonal characteristics of brazilian rosewood.
     
     
Top Options
     
  Flame (tiger stripe) Maple - when used with mahogany it provides more brilliance and punchy lows.
     
  Quilt Maple - as with flame maple, as a top it tends to focus tones when matched with other woods.
     
  Figured Tasmanian Blackwood - a close relative of koa, which has similar tonal characteristics to mahogany. As a top it tends to sit well with mahogany's tone spectrum.
     

Glossary of terms

Set through neck - a neck that has an extended heel that sits within the body and is sandwiched there by the top creating a very strong and responsive joint. The neck often extends to beneath the bridge.  
     
Violin carve - where the guitar top is fully carved from front to back and centre to edge as an elongated dome. The top will exhibit a shallow scooping out before rising to meet the edge - called a re-carve.  
     
End fret - employing a brass end fret at the end of the fingerboard to bring the neck pick-up backwards into a better tone position in relation to the harmonic points and so improving overall tone.  

 

 

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