Wood Choices for the Top
Western Red Cedar
Cedar is an amazing finger-style top. Full of detail and breath, deep lows and breath-taking highs, this in combination with rosewood makes for an absolutely stunning finger-style guitar. Darker in color than either of our other tops, cedar gives a guitar an almost ‘aged’ appearance.
From the beautiful Haida Gwaii Islands of BC, Sitka has long been one of our favorite top woods because of its strength and the volume it is capable of producing. Its wide dynamic range and reliable singing tone makes it our standard top.
Wood Choices on the Back and Sides
Locally sourced near our trade school in Mpigi, Uganda, Mugavu is golden and luminous in appearance. A dry sound, with a focus on the mid-range, Mugavu is quickly become one of our favorite tone woods. It rewards the listener with a deep, complex array of overtones – and it’s not bad looking either!
Used for our necks as well as back and sides, Mahogany is typically a deep brown, but can show up as almost a salmon pink from time to time. Dependable and stable in all climates, Mahogany is a favourite of many, many guitar players
East Indian Rosewood
From India, this is one of the most dependable tone woods available. Ranging in color from tan brown to deep red to dark purple, this oily wood is the standard for the back and sides for most high end manufacturers. It consistently turns out instruments with rich highs and lows.
Western Flamed Maple
An astounding tone, mellow but full of complex overtones and bottom end that leaves you wondering why we haven’t seen more guitars built with this wood. Softer and more beautiful than its eastern ‘hard rock’ counterpart, Western Flamed Maple has an ‘aged’ sound right from the start. One of our favourites.
Necks & Hardware
As dense as it gets, Ebony comes from all over the world, but we get ours from Northern Uganda. It is used for fingerboards and bridges to impart an immediate response to your playing. For an interesting twist, we can make nuts and saddles out of ebony to impart a softer, ‘aged’ tone to your instrument.
We use Gotoh tuners on all our guitars. Made in Japan, their quality is unparalleled and their high ratio of 16:1 ensures easy and accurate tuning for the life of the instrument. We use L.R.Baggs and K&K electronics for their natural sound, simplicity of use and reliability. We use D’addario and John Pearse 80/20 Bronze strings in lite and medium guage, depending on the guitar and the player. We supply a deluxe hard shell case with every guitar so you can play more and worry less.
Beautiful and white in appearance, the cow bone available locally in Uganda is an integral part of the tone of our guitars. Easily as hard as its’ Japanese counterpart, Ugandan cow bone requires no bleaching or processing to achieve its uniform coloring and density. Buying it locally saves on transport and supply costs while supporting the community butcher!
We are now using a thin, clear polyurethane finish on all our instruments.