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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-28-2005, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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why wood?

does anyone know of any good websites which explain why wood is used in guitars, and what physical properties are looked for in a tone wood? why are tonewoods better as guitar bodys than other woods?

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-28-2005, 03:53 PM
 
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Cool Re: why wood?

Why don't you try going to Taylor Guitars they have a lot of helpful info.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-29-2005, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: why wood?

cheers for the info guys. its for a physics project. 'choose a marerial and why it is good for a particular purpose', obviousely ive chosen why tone woods are ideal for makeing guitars from...
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Re: why wood?

You might get some surprising answers, then.

Come into it with an open mind - a lot of the "tonewoods" are accepted because they've always been used, and wood was historically used to make guitars (and instruments in general) simply because it was the most readily available material that could be easily worked with.

We're just now, for better or worse, beginning to see the advent on non-traditional composite materials used for luthiery. Could make for an interesting project.
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Re: why wood?

Check out the Martin acoustics that are made from "high presure laminate". No solid wood at all and they still sound very very good. Rainsong as well (grahite?). I think the more you research the more confusing your project will become.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-07-2005, 02:10 PM
 
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Re: why wood?

Yeah, composites have been around. Steinberger, Adamas acoustics, etc. In 20 years, guitars may be very different...
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-07-2005, 04:52 PM
 
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Re: why wood?

Also, when it comes to tone, what is "good" is very subjective. Lots of times it means "not different than what I'm already accustomed to hearing."
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