Viola's and Cello's

Back, Sides and Neck - German Curly Maple, Eastern (American) or Big Leaf (American) Curly Maple
Soundboard - German Silver Spruce, Sitka spruce, Engelmann spruce
Fingerboard, Pegs, Chinrest - Ebony
Wood Grading for Viola's and Cello's - The grade of the wood is determined by many variables such as the quality of the tree it was cut from, the length of time the wood has spent drying, amount of flame (the amount of curl to the Maple), etc. Grades range from Standard Grade, Fine Grade and Finest Grade up to Master Grade. Although student instruments would naturally be made from Standard or Fine Grade woods and master (professional) instruments from the highest grade woods, all instruments receive that same high degree of workmanship regardless of whether it is destined for a beginning student or a seasoned professional musician.

Solid Body Electric Guitars

Body - The bodies of electric guitars vary widely in shape and choice of wood. Almost any stable hardwood is appropriate; examples would be Alder, Ash, Blackwood, Bloodwood, Bocote, Cherry, Jatoba, Purpleheart, Walnut, Zebrawood, etc. This list just gives a number of examples of suitable woods and is by no means complete.
Neck - Laminated Maple, Walnut, or Honduras Mahogany are recommended. But again, most stable hardwoods can be used.
Fingerboard - Ebony or Indian Rosewood

Acoustic Guitars

Back and Sides - Like the bodies of electric guitars, most any stable, small pored, hardwood is appropriate, examples would be Blackwood, Bloodwood, Bocote, Cherry, Jatoba, lacewood, Mahogany, Maple (Curley, Quilted or Plain) Purpleheart, Walnut, Zebrawood, etc. This list just gives a number of examples of suitable woods and is by no means complete.
Soundboard - German Silver Spruce, Sitka Spruce, Redwood, or Western red Cedar.
Neck - Laminated Maple, Walnut, or Honduras Mahogany.
Fingerboard - Ebony or Indian Rosewood

Archtop Jazz Guitars (Acoustic or Electric)

Back and Sides - Like the bodies of electric guitars, most any stable, small pored, hardwood is appropriate, examples would be Blackwood, Bloodwood, Bocote, Cherry, Jatoba, lacewood, Mahogany, Maple (Curley, Quilted or Plain) Purpleheart, Walnut, Zebrawood, etc. This list just gives a number of examples of suitable woods and is by no means complete.
Soundboard - German Silver Spruce, Sitka Spruce, Redwood, or Western red Cedar.
Neck - Laminated Maple, Walnut, or Honduras Mahogany.
Fingerboard - Ebony or Indian Rosewood

Ukulele's

The approach I take when making a Ukulele is that it is basically a small guitar. Therefore they are made with the same workmanship and materials used for acoustic guitars.




Wood Samples From The Shop

bloodwood
Bocotet Western Red Cedar Jatoba Lacewood
Maple, Curly Maple, Quilted Purpleheart Spruce
Peruvian Walnutt Zebrawood