Excellent quality with considerations for the planet
The fibers of the wood serve as both functional and visual.
Straight grain: For the constructional part (the neck), we want as long and even fibers as possible. Wood with even fibers is less likely to warp, which is why we use quarter-sawn pieces for our necks.
Interlocked grain: When wood fibers change direction, beautiful patterns can emerge and be used as decoration, as a top or headplate. The density of the wood brings different qualities that we, as instrument makers, benefit from. Low-density wood weighs less and contributes to the resonance of an instrument, as the sound will travel through it more easily. On the other hand, high-density wood is more resistant to moisture than low-density wood. We are making it a better fit for the neck, aiming for minimal movement.
Wood is a living material influenced by external circumstances. When we build your instrument, we are aware of its moisture content. How dry the wood needs to be, depends on the species. We are looking for 6-8 percent moisture content, reducing the risk of the wood moving in the finished construction.*
Most of the wood we use comes from Espen in Frankfurt, Germany.
Espen has many years of experience and offers many different species of excellent quality. They sell FSC certificated woods, the raw material we exclusively use to build our guitars.
If you are looking for something genuinely extra for your guitar, we have a small stash of ’really old’ and genuine wood.
-Brazilian rosewood (CITES included)
-East Indian rosewood
Other exotic that are available on request: