Oregon Wild Wood is the luthiers source for fine tone wood from the Pacific NW. The tonewoods we offer is sourced in ecologically friendly ways including forest and urban salvage, commercial fruit and nut grove salvage, recycling and re-purposing. Sourcing in these ways often provides interesting stories or history relating to the wood, and the guitar made from it. Oregon Wild Wood is the first guitar wood supplier to offer our Certificate of Source. Most importantly, the tonewoods we offer include many species that are tonally superior to the standard guitar wood species utilized in decades past. The demand for fine guitar woods is growing globally and a knowledgeable, reliable source is important. Make Oregon Wild Wood your source for guitar wood.
Oregon Wild Wood offers the largest online selection of luthier sets - all individually pictured. Don't settle for anything but the finest! The right choice of guitar wood will effect the tonal qualities, amplitude, weight, stability, playability and appearance of your next guitar. Some of the finest tonewood comes from the US Pacific NW and our guitar wood is hand-selected to be highly resonant, beautifully colored and figured - to look and sound it's best!
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Available in great variations, the wood you select can affect all aspects of your guitar. Your choice of guitar wood effects sound, determines weight, and the cost to build.
Guitar Wood Tonal Qualities
Wood has different tonal qualities depending on the species, cell structure, and the cut from the tree. Drying time, sap content and its viability to move, and the luthier's technique all effect the tonal qualities of each piece of guitar wood. The climate and temperature that the wood is stored in and even the amount that a guitar is played will effect the tonal qualities of your guitar.
One of the more fascinating aspects of your guitar's tone and sound is that it will change depending on the amount that your guitar is played. The vibrations will cause sap rearrangement within the guitar wood often producing a richer more attractive sound.
Oregon Wild Wood has the largest online selection of guitar wood in the world.
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Tonewood qualities are subject to changes in tonal values by moisture content, dimensionalization, and sap viability - the most surprising tonewood quality is related to sap viability.
Sap viability turns out to be very important in the tonal quality of your guitar wood and consequently your instrument. It was always believed that old-aged tonewood was the best. It sounded better brand new out of the box because the sap has hardened and crystallized. Tonewood with sap which is still in a fluid form is not as bright in tone to start with but continuous play of the tonewood instrument will result in a finer sounding instrument. The reason is that sap will tend to move as the instrument is played (readjust) realigning itself to be most conducive to the resonant qualities of the tonewood instrument.
Many of us have noticed that a guitar that has been stored without play doesn't sound quite as good initially when brought out of storage, but with play, it comes back into its own. This is because the sap in the guitar wood has rearranged to a more ideal pattern. It's like if you put sand on a flat drum top, you'll see the sand move when you tap the top - it goes where the wave forms. Sound is a wave form - the wave vibrations will arrange the sap so that they are most ideally transmitted. So, the more you play your tonewood instrument the sap will be distributed to it's ideal position within the guitar wood - following the sound wave - and the better your guitar will sound.
As a final thought about sap - don't store your guitar in a case. Set it next to the speaker and play your favorite music to it. We've found that Rock & Roll is better for the tonewood of your guitar (just kidding). A tone generator will do the same job - but isn't as much fun. Once an instrument has been created from the finest guitar wood, all you'll want to do is send pure tones through it - your job is to play it often and with heart.