Here is a definition from Wikipedia: The genus Agathis, commonly known as kauri or dammar, is a relatively small genus of 21 species of evergreen tree. Let's review that tonewood in detail. Koa is a wood that grows in Hawaii. Rickenbacker uses this wood for their fingerboards. Of what? This is correct. However, air molecules and the molecules of the different woods are all going to vibrate differently, due to the differences in woodgrain spacing and the little air pockets in all the different woods and the density of the different woods. With a tone similar to bubinga, the feel is less ‘glassy’, more like rosewood. Ebony is most closely associated with black, but brown, yellow, red and even purple hues and stripes aren’t uncommon for ebony. Also the shape of the guitar or if it’s solid or hallow shouldn’t be a tone factor… Realy?! This is a tropical wood like rosewood, but has a tighter grain and a brighter tone. Toss in some effects, tube distortion, and game over. Sapwood tends to have a more porous structure – it is softer, and tends to shrink or swell more easily with changes in moisture – so luthiers avoid it and use ‘heartwood’ whenever possible. For a list of what pickups work well with particular wood types, read this article or go directly to Tone Wizard for a personalized recommendation. If the guitar is tonally dead unamplified, its electrified tone will mirror that inadequacy. Ash can come from various sources. For most people, it probably makes no difference. Its a defect in the wood due to ‘frostbite’, for the lack of a better term. No one has been willing to pay for the test, so it remains a theory. Heavy grain filler, thick clear coats and especially poly finish. cigblues3, Oct 19, 2012 #1. oldrockfan Well-Known Member. The wood is about as hard as maple but has a bit more oil in it than maple, making the tone a bit warmer. The more I read this article, especially with the reply of John Catherwood considered, the more I suspect this article was copied from somewhere else and then edited by Orpheo. The coloring doesn’t take away anything of the tonal qualities we came to know and love. Koa loves to be matched with a walnut back for added power, more tightness in the lows and extra scream, or with korina or mahogany for more sweetness and growl. Do you really think the last 500 years of guitar making with exotic wood was bullshit?? Good quality instruments come always with the top made of solid wood, usually spruce or cedar. Best known as the wood of classic ’50s Fender guitars, ash is most desirable in the form of swamp ash—wood taken from the lower portions of southern-grown wetland trees that have root systems growing below water level. John I tend to disagree with people that talk like you. There are subtlety’s to every guitar, a musician can hear them, in many cases anyone can hear them. ♦ A hell lot of Elixir polyweb strings… Oh how I wish they made those for 7 string guitars…. You can make to identical bodies from on plank and they can sound different. Don’t expect a smooth jazzy tone of honky, smokin blues sound, but if bite is what you need, maple is your best friend. I would defy anyone to reliably identify bodywood used in any guitar design in a blind test. All that nonsense about this wood sounds warm while that one has more bite, etc., etc., are all bullshit blown by self-aggrandizing amateurs. Try that on an acoustic and you’ll have some weird sounding stuff. As a neck you get the tone of maple but with howl. It doesn’t add anything to your tone but it doesn’t take away anything. It looked amazing!!! Could be how each was setup (string height and intonation) because as you said they were all the same guitar and most likely the same type of wood. The biggest downside is perhaps the weight. It’s more like a “That is where my logic goes, but a real test should be made to make sure”. It is, instead, this genus from S.E. Can I tell you what kills the tone and gives all the guitars an average tone of similarity??? A thinner piece, like an SG, has a warm growly tone with lots of bite and presence. Johann, better start fixing your own grammar before trying to fix other people’s mistakes. So who decides? However the density and resonance of the individual bit of wood used can make a little difference to the individual guitar, no matter what species is used (and wood of a particular species is likely to have a particular density and resonance), so perhaps some generalisations may have a little truth to them. It’s not as soft as mahogany or as hard as maple, which culminates to a tone without a major boost in the tonal spectrum. Sometimes you get a piece of poplar though that seems to defy every ‘rule in the book.’ These pieces will just knock you off your feet due to the sheer beauty of things. Personally, I have found the type of guitar wood used to produce a great difference in tone. Used for hundreds of years for fingerboards, bridges and other parts, this extremely hard, durable wood is noted for its dark color. It has some bite, some growl, some sweetness, but not much. For that matter I am sure I could change the way your guitars sounded simply by changing bridgepins (use brass or aluminium or horn or rosewood or ebony or boxwood or ox bone or camel bone or tusq or plastic) change the strings (silk and steels, flatwounds, bell bronze, 80/20, different manufacturers, different gauges). You may be able to tell the difference between your two guitars, but I would bet I could play you a dozen mahogany guitars and maple ones in a blind test and you would not know which was which, because I would pick the maples that sounded full, and the mahogany’s that were bright. In my experience, what Orpheo has said is pretty accurate, and as he mentions are general rules for species. Beauty is in the ears of the beholder. I always hear folks talk about sustain, sustain, sustain, and they are usually the ones playing 32nd notes at 150bpm. Then, put a couple seymour duncan to a broom and the result will be the same as if you have a Gibson LP…. You have hard ash, which has a lot of bite, almost like maple, but with more (and chunkier) lows. It is very soft, and I haven't had much luck in gluing it with normal glues (hide glue and yellow aliphatic glue). “Wood is the majority of tone on a electric guitar or any guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!!