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What is a Weissenborn Guitar?

February 10th, 2017 | Posted by Alaska Woods

What do famous guitar players Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones), Ben Harper, and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) all have in common? They’ve all played a Weissenborn guitar at some point in their career. A man named Hermann Weissenborn developed his own unique brand of lap slide guitar in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, if you’re able Read More…

The Interesting History of the Harp Guitar

February 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Alaska Woods

You don’t see too many harp guitars in use. They’re somewhat rare. A harp guitar can easily be described as basically a combination of the harp and the guitar, with several more strings than what you’re accustomed to seeing on a normal acoustic guitar. With a history dating back over two centuries, the harp guitar Read More…

Laminate vs. Solid Wood Acoustic Guitars

January 31st, 2017 | Posted by Alaska Woods

What’s better– laminate or solid wood acoustic guitars? Interestingly, the most common building material is still solid wood, even though guitars can be made from carbon fiber, Ekoa, fiberglass and recycled metal. Much like there are cheap cars and expensive ones, there are cheap guitars and expensive ones, too. You get what you pay for, Read More…

How to Protect and Preserve Your Guitar

January 12th, 2017 | Posted by bcole-admin

Alaska Specialty Woods is known for supplying the finest instrument tonewood material for guitar tops. Guitars, in general, need to be treated like pets and babies– with tender, lovin’ care. Here are some tips for protecting your guitar from problems. Guitars acclimate to their environment. Therefore, if you go from a really cold place to Read More…

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A Short History of the Guitar

January 11th, 2017 | Posted by Alaska Woods

Sitka Spruce from Alaska Specialty Woods is used to make many guitars sound great. Though guitars today seem ubiquitous, and are the most popular instrument for popular music, did you ever wonder about their history? The development of the guitar goes back thousands of years. Early versions of the guitar were most likely developed in Read More…

What is an Archtop Guitar?

January 6th, 2017 | Posted by Alaska Woods

There are many different types of guitars, one of which is called an archtop. With an arched top and back rather than a flat one, the archtop guitar is typically a hollow steel-stringed acoustic or semi-acoustic guitar with six strings, as well as an adjustable/moveable bridge. Archtop guitars were invented in the 1890s by Orville Read More…

How to Weatherproof Your Guitar

April 27th, 2016 | Posted by Alaska Woods

If you own a guitar, you know that it’s treated with the utmost care– usually– because you want it to last a long time and continue to be in good shape, right? If you’re the kind of musician who likes to play outdoors, whether it’s at the beach on a summer’s night or around an Read More…

How Often Should You Change Your Acoustic Guitar Strings?

March 10th, 2016 | Posted by Alaska Woods

Acoustic guitar strings should be changed as needed. Depending on how much you use them, the strings can last a long time or a short time. For instance, if you’re the type of guitar player who plays your instrument several hours a day, chances are your strings will wear out faster than, say, a person Read More…

Why Acoustic Guitars are More Fun than Electric Guitars

February 25th, 2016 | Posted by bcole-admin

Did you ever wonder why vinyl is making a comeback? Could it be that people are a bit tired of the seemingly soulless music formats like the digital CD and MP3? Vinyl has a warmth to it that those other formats don’t. Occasional imperfections are often welcomed in music, rather than technical perfection lacking any Read More…

Tips for Optimizing the Sound of Your Guitar

February 22nd, 2016 | Posted by bcole-admin

Guitar players seem to gravitate toward certain guitars based on their sound, which often has to do with the kind of tonewood used by the guitar maker. The bodies of guitars can be made using different types of wood, each bringing out a certain kind of sound from the instrument. Alder, a medium-weight wood, is Read More…