California Laurel/Oregon Myrtle (Umbellularia)
Oregon Myrtle grows only in Oregon and Northern California. It is also known as California Olive, Pepper wood or Spice tree wood. The color of Myrtle varies from golden yellow, ocres, green, violet and deep brown. As no two sets, even from the same log are alike, each guitar will be unique.
This stunning wood is tonally similar to Maple but with the added warmth of Walnut.
European and Californian Walnut (Juglans regia, Juglans california)
Walnut is an excellent all-purpose back wood, especially for the larger sized guitars. It produces a warm and woody, yet bright sound. Walnut with lots of flame or with interesting figure can be unsurpassed in beauty. The combination with Engelmann or European spruce is ideal for fingerstyle players with a light touch.
Kotibe (Nesogordonia papaverifera)
Kotibe is a marvelous tonewood from West-Africa and one of my favourites. It is also known under the name Danta, Kissingungo, Ovoe, Ovoui, Arborbora, Otutu, Naouya and Kondofindo, depending on the country of origin. It has a reddish-brown colour with sometimes a pink hue. It is extremely fine textured and is very lustrous under finish. Sound-wise, it easily stands up to the best Central-American rosewoods. The only downside is that it dries very, very slowly. Fortunately, I have stock for several backs and sides that is seasoned for more than 20 years.
Maple (Acer macrophyllum)
Maple is the traditional wood for instruments of the violin family and for archtop guitars. Especially the flamed, the birds-eye, the curly and the quilted maple are highly praised for their visual exuberance.
Maple guitars have great balance, a bell-like clarity and a rich, warm low end response. On top of that, they have very good string-to-string separation even when played hard.
I prefer to put a natural (undyed) finish on this lustrous, creamy white wood.
Monkey Pod (Cassia marilandica)
Monkey-pod has a golden amber color with dark streaks sometimes resembling Koa or Black Acacia. It produces a woody, pulsing tone without losing the clear high frequencies.
Monkey-pod has very wide pores that normally can only be filled with several coats of epoxy. As I avoid the use of epoxy (epoxy has a devastating effect to the sound and responsiveness of a guitar), the shellac and Old Italian violin finish of a monkey-pod guitar is not as lustrous as on a maple or kotibe guitar. But the overall appeal is nevertheless spectacular.
Sapele (Entandrophragma spp.)
Sapele is native to tropical Africa and is an excellent substitute for the more expensive mahoganies. Its color varies from golden brown over reddish to light purple.
It produces a warm and romantic tone, similar to the other mahoganies and Monkey Pod. Sapele is very suitable for both small and larger guitars.
I have some magnificent curly birds-eye Sapele in stock.