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Laminate vs. Solid Wood Acoustic Guitars

January 31st, 2017 | Posted by Alaska Woods
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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…

Our Wood Stash

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Alaska Woods

  To create great instruments you need to start with the finest materials. Sitka Spruce is the wood for the job. This wood grows densely on Price of Wales Island. The maritime climate creates the perfect environment for growing the wood at a slow even rate, without weather extremes. Sitka Spruce is known and sought Read More…

Knowing How to Grade Tonewood

August 21st, 2014 | Posted by Alaska Woods

Tonewood plays a significant role in the sound of acoustic guitars. The difference is an obvious one, and even untrained ears can tell. The higher the quality of your tonewood, the better the sound will be. Depending on the tone you’re going for, you want to select a wood with the ideal hardness, density, porosity, Read More…

Major Factors in Acoustic Guitar Sound Quality

August 29th, 2013 | Posted by Alaska Woods

When people think acoustic, they often think vocals over guitar sound. This causes many people to fear that all acoustic instruments have the same tone and that couldn’t be further from what’s actually true. Generally speaking, guitars make or break an acoustic performance of a song; even if a the voice is great, if the Read More…

Handcrafted Acoustic Guitars Vs. Electric Guitars and Electronics

July 15th, 2013 | Posted by Alaska Woods

 Guitar Playing Unplugged     The music emanated from a guitar is all-encompassing and permits you to forget everything else and feel the beat. Typically speaking, most guitarists favor the electric guitar for the power of change and for being able to create ear-shattering chords.   Nevertheless, if you’ve never heard any other form of Read More…

10 interesting Facts about Sitka Spruce Trees

May 4th, 2013 | Posted by Alaska Woods

  A guitar’s wood type affects its sound and tone quality, and everything about the tree’s life plays a role. The tree’s environment, age, and health can accentuate or diminish the quality of your guitar’s sound.   Most guitars came from mahogany, rosewood, maple, and Sitka spruce. While all have their strengths, most luthiers prefer Read More…

Why LUTHIERS PREFER SITKA SPRUCE

January 14th, 2013 | Posted by Alaska Woods

As any luthier would tell you, all tonewoods are not created equal.  When a luthier undertakes his artistry, he or she does so with the knowledge that different tonewoods have different qualities, qualities that are best suited to specific applications. When it comes to guitar tops, spruce tonewood is the first choice for discerning luthiers, 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…

Tips For Buying a Guitar

November 21st, 2012 | Posted by Alaska Woods

Finding a guitar or violin that sounds just right can be a challenging endeavor for musicians, especially beginners.  In order to play your best, it is imperative that you are confident in the quality of your instrument.  But how do you know which guitar to choose?  Simply choosing the one you think looks the best Read More…