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HOW TO CUT GUITAR WOOD


How you cut the wood for guitar construction even within a single board of the same tree, will strongly influence the tone of your guitar or bass.


The outer part of the tree is called the bark. Inside the bark there is a living part of the tree responsible for transporting sap and water from the soil called sapwood. This is the softest part of the tree.

Inside the sapwood is the heartwood which is the hardest part of the tree. Sapwood is softer than heartwood and contributes to the sound in a radically different way. The part normally used for the construction in general, including that of musical instruments, is the heartwood. The heartwood is also harder on the inside of the tree and softer on the outside.

The lower part of the trunk is always softer than the higher one, so that low external cuts will give rise to softer and lighter wooden planks, while high internal cuts will result in harder and heavier planks. Inside the bark there is a living part of the tree responsible for transporting sap and water from the soil called sapwood. This is the softest part of the tree. Please also see Quarter cut vs slab cut.

How to cut guitar wood

This teaches us that two pieces of wood will sound very different depending on the part of the tree from which they were made and even within the same table. This tell us that two pieces of wood will sound very different depending on the part of the tree from which they were made and even within the same table.

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