This is another addition to our Guitar Buying Guide , helping you understand all there is about guitars so you can make the right decisions when your shopping for your next guitar. This article is going to focus on guitar Tonewood! The wood of your guitar should be overlooked when buying or building a new guitar, using a different wood will change the very voice of the guitar. This is more important in acoustic guitars than in electric guitars but to me it is still an important factor. You need to decide what wood to use as the body, neck and fretboard of your guitar. It can get a little confusing reading about all the different tonewoods and their characteristics so I’ve made up an infographic showing you each of the most common tonewoods, where it’s used and how it sounds!
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I’ve gone into a little more detail about each of the tonewoods below so read on for more information! See anything I’ve missed? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!
This is part of the guitar buyers guide series, everything you could possibly need to know about the neck of your guitar, talking about the Scale Length, Guitar Neck Profile, Guitar Fretboard Radius, and your Frets. For proper guitar neck care be sure to check out the best fretboard oils and how to use them!
Scale length of a guitar is twice the length from the nut of the guitar to the 12th fret, it should not be confused with Guitar neck length, which is the length of the neck. Guitar scale length ranges hugely through electric guitars from 22.5” on Junior guitars right up to 30” and more on an 8 string guitar. Bass guitar scale length is bigger still, where shorter scale basses start around 30” and longer scale guitar go as high as 35”, It does go higher than this but they tend to be custom made or are just up and beyond the reach of most players. Now what does scale length do and why should you care? Read on.