Finding your ideal music wood
Music wood is sometimes referred to as tonewood. It is used to create the tops, backs sides, fretboards and bridges of musical instruments.
Evaluating the differences between music woods can be complicated and has an element of mystery. Even within a species no two pieces of wood are exactly the same. Woods cut from different trees or trees in different regions will vary in sound. They will also have slightly different weights and different densities. Environmental conditions and other factors such as genetics, age of the tree, the pattern of the grain, and how it is cured all affect the tonal properties of any particular piece of wood. Different instrument makers each have a different effect on the wood too. This all makes the search for your perfect instrument a bit magical.
We carry a nice variety of music wood including Claro walnut, Bastogne walnut, walnut burl, English walnut, Redwood and Redwood burl, Eucalyptus, Red Elm burl and Oak. Walnut is an especially good choice for music wood because it has sound characteristics similar to mahogany. Walnut’s rich color and attractive grain patterns also make it a popular choice for instruments.