The Tone of Wood (3) – Tone Woods for Acoustic Guitar – Fingerboard an…
While there are many details that determine an acoustic guitar's sonic profile, the two most important factors are the body shape and body wood. Each type of body wood carries its own unique tonal properties, and the natural aesthetics of these woods can make a guitar almost as inspiring to look at as it is to play.
In the previous months, we reviewed the various styles of acoustic guitar body shapes offered by Cort and the essential tone wood types used for top material. For the third and the last part of the Tone Wood series, let’s take a look at the different tone woods for an acoustic guitar’s fingerboard and bridge material.
The most traditional wood used for fingerboards on a variety of stringed instruments, Ebony’s high density makes it ideal for transfer of vibrational energy with a high damping factor. Sensitive to changes in humidity, Ebony requires some amount of care when used for the fingerboard and bridge. Compared to Rosewood, Ebony produces a drier and brighter tone.
Compared to the more commonly used Black Ebony, Macassar Ebony is distinguished by its mix of bright and dark colors and is also referred to as Striped Ebony. Exhibiting less damping factor than Black Ebony, Macassar Ebony produces a strong balanced sound and is also used for the back and sides on acoustic guitars for an exotic look.
Ovangkol has tonal characteristics that are similar to Rosewood and displays a colorful mix of gold and brown with relatively straight grains. Due to its superb and versatile sonic character it has also become a popular wood for back and sides.