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All about…Tonewoods

’Tone’ is a contentious and elusive concept. Few agree on what it is or indeed where comes from. Some say it’s in the fingers, others that it’s in the pickups or the amp and some say it’s all in the wood. HUW PRICE has a timber tantrum…

TUITION

Tonewoods are even more sonically impactful for acoustics than electrics

Guitar tone is an allencompassing thing – from your fingernails to your floorboards – but there’s no escaping the fact that the wood your guitar is made from can have an enormous influence on its sound and dynamic response. This applies to both acoustics and electrics, although not necessarily in equal measure. After all, acoustic guitars are mostly just strings, bone, metal and wood. With electrics you have to consider myriad combinations of pickups, valves, speakers, and electronic components, too.

Wood has been used to produce music for as long as people have been making instruments. Presumably a caveman discovered that banging a piece of dried out wood could produce notes. Later it was found that wood could be used to amplify string vibrations – millennia before the invention of amplifiers and speakers.

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About Guitar Magazine

The August 2017 edition of the UK’s most affordable and most in-depth guitar magazine is on sale now! You might notice a slightly different name on the cover this month, but inside you’ll find your regular monthly fix of the best gear reviews in the business, DIY tutorials, tone and playing tips, artist interviews, breathtaking photography of vintage instruments and whole lot more besides. This month there’s a feast for Fender offset fans as we offer pro set-up tips, show you how to upgrade your Jaguar or Jazzmaster and find out if Fender’s new American Professional series has finally delivered offsets for the masses. Elsewhere, we interview Joe Bonamassa, Darrel Higham, Joanne Shaw Taylor and Paul Gilbert, pay a visit to Norman’s Rare Guitars in Los Angeles, delve into the snake-oil surrounding tonewoods and give you the chance to win a Shergold electric worth a whopping £835.