Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the United Kingdom version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Guitar Magazine > FREE Sample Issue > All about…Tonewoods

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…


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.

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Guitar Magazine - FREE Sample Issue
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - FREE Sample Issue
Read Now!
Getting free sample issues is easy, but we need to add it to an account to read, so please follow the instructions to read your free issue today.
Email Address
Please be aware that this issue and other special issues are not included in any of the subscription options unless stated.
Annual Digital Subscription
Only £ 2.50 per issue
Or 2999 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only £ 2.99 per issue
Or 299 points

View Issues

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.