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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…

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…

The Universal Benefits of Using Salvaged Soundboards

December 26th, 2016 | Posted by Alaska Woods

People in Alaska like to listen to KTOO, a not-for-profit Juneau-based public radio station that shares interesting stories about life in Alaska. Recently, KTOO posted an article on its website about Sitka spruce, the wood that has helped make guitars and violins sound so good the world over. Sitka spruce is used as a “tonewood,” Read More…

Sitka Spruce Is Used for a Variety of Items

February 2nd, 2016 | Posted by Alaska Woods

Alaska Specialty Woods is known for guitars and other instruments utilizing the finest Sitka spruce instrument tonewood material. Indeed, over 50,000 guitar tops worth of Sitka spruce and other fine specialty woods exist, with their beautiful designs and superb sounds. Sitka spruce has had many uses over the centuries besides providing the wood for various Read More…

All About Your Instrument’s Reeds

July 1st, 2014 | Posted by Alaska Woods

Reeds are important to many woodwind instruments.  One could say that without the saxophone or clarinet the great sounds of jazz may never had existed.  Reeds are so important in bringing a unique sound to an ensemble.   There are different reeds to fit each instrument, and some instruments require two reeds to get the Read More…

Aged is all the rage

January 15th, 2013 | Posted by Alaska Woods

The bad news is that your guitar isn’t a spring chicken. The great news is that it sounds better than ever and that’s in part due to its age. Guitarists and Luthiers call it “opening up.” Let’s explore what that means. From new houses to new baseball gloves everything new begins to settle or relax. Read More…

A Few Interesting Facts About Soundboards

January 9th, 2013 | Posted by Alaska Woods

  1)      The soundboard is an essential factor in determining the quality of sound and tone of an acoustic guitar. 2)      Spruce is the most prevalent source used to create acoustic guitars and other wooden instruments. 3)      Sitka Spruce is the renowned as being the best source for musical instruments. 4)      Cheaper guitars that have Read More…

The Future of Sitka Spruce

December 26th, 2012 | Posted by Alaska Woods

Guitarplayer.com wrote an interesting piece about the potential struggles that Sitka Spruce will face in the future.  Specifically, the article discussed how Sitka Spruce might not be able to sustain the rapid pace of which it is cut down to create soundboards for acoustic guitars, violins and other wooden instruments.  Musicians and guitar manufactures alike Read More…

Protecting The Sound of Your Guitar

December 19th, 2012 | Posted by Alaska Woods

Your guitar is more than an instrument; it is your friend. It is your expensive, yet fragile, friend. Do not make the novice mistake of caring for your guitar improperly. Humidity is one of the quickest ways to damage a guitar’s shape and sound. Practice caution by paying close attention to humidity in the area Read More…

Benefit Concert for Hurricane Sandy

December 12th, 2012 | Posted by Alaska Woods

Some of the world’s top musicians are coming together tonight for a special benefit concert to help Hurricane Sandy Victims.  The start-studded lineup features a plethora of rock and roll heavyweights, including Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Rodger Waters.  In fact, a unique announcement was today that McCartney, the former Read More…