G-Axe Posted September 24, 2007 Report Share Posted September 24, 2007 Hey folks, I've recently got the bug - feeling the need to build a guitar and in my travels through the internets, I've landed here. So bear with me with a couple of newbie questions. First up, tonewoods - I'm trying to get a mixture of characteristics for my first project, and I'm wondering what the best way to composite tonewoods would be, or if its something that's frowned upon altogether. I realise it's going going to be a trade-off and that using half as much of one type of tonewood will diminish the characteristics by at least half, but are there any tricks to the trade? For instance, if I wanted the rich low end of mahogany, but with the brighter high/mid range of Alder, would "bookending" two mismatched timbers result in a balanced mix of the two, or would it be asking for trouble? What about a laminate approach, turning the body into a licorice allsort of varying timbers? Anyone ever tried a neck through with a different timber either side of the neck? Or would I be better off using other design features to alter tonal characteristics? For instance, I've heard resonating chambers can boost the low end a bit. And lastly, anyone had much experience with Aussie tonewoods? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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