Question About Acoustic Back

Discussion in 'Guitar Building' started by Rudidp, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. Rudidp

    Rudidp New Member

    Jul 16, 2019
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    I am a hobby-luthier working on my first acoustic guitar (I've build an electric guitar and a Ukulele before)

    I have Spruce for the soundboard and sides, Maple for the neck and Bubinga fo rhte fretboard.

    I'm lookin gfor some advice on the back - I have some Obeche but I think that it would be too soft (same with Spuce)

    What light-coloured wood would people recommend? Maple? Jacaranda?

    I have a lot of oak but that would just be odd on an instrument I think.

  2. difalkner

    difalkner Member

    Nov 10, 2014
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    Bossier City, LA
    Well, I have built exactly one acoustic guitar and repaired many. Spruce for the sides is odd at best. Usually the back and sides are the same woods and I don't know that I've ever seen Spruce or any other softwood used for sides. Jacaranda is dark, or at least all that I've seen is dark. Maple is light and quarter-sawn White Oak makes a nice tonewood for backs and sides. A lot of guitars were built of White Oak 'back in the day.'


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