As a musciain, you know that it takes more than talent to make music sound good. The quality and performance of the instrument you play is just as important. To get a high-quality instrument, you need high-quality materials.
Wood may be the single largest determining factor of your guitar’s longevity and sound. The type of wood used can influence the quality of the sound, both positively and negatively, just as the density and grain structure of the wood can affect the tonal structure.
Specific woods used to build guitars, acoustic and electric, are called tone woods. Tone woods have resonant properties that other woods do not. For example, oak is a beautiful and strong wood, but it has no resonant properties, which would not be best for guitar building. In contrast, typical tone woods include spruce, ash, maple, and sometimes even rosewood.