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Guitar Sets (Back & Sides)


The wood used to form the back and sides of an acoustic guitar sound chamber does a lot more than simply look good and create an enclosure. The inherent tonal properties of different woods play their part in filtering and amplifying the sound that resonates from the soundboard at the front. Through eliminating or amplifying different frequencies produced by the top, these tone woods can have a considerable effect on the overall tone generated by any given guitar. The combinations of woods therefore need to be considered carefully when they are paired up, and it is for this reason that acoustic guitars frequently feature different woods on the back and sides than they do on the top.