ness of spruce (a top guitar and violin
wood) is noteworthy. Another example
is that hickory drumsticks ring pleasantly when struck, but pecan hickory
sticks thud. Some drummers like white
oak sticks better than other species.
The cells in white oak are very well
plugged. We think we know that open,
uniform sized, and stress free cells are
best, and the primary musical species
are open and uniform, but ....
Will Sampson replies: I’m not an expert,
but I have built a few guitars and mandolins over the years. There are lots of
varieties of wood that are characterized as rosewood, and the same can
be said for mahogany. Unless you deal
specifically with the scientific species
names, it’s hard to know if you are talking about the same thing. In general,
my lutherie experience leads me to
report that mahogany tone woods
tend to be brighter and make a lighter
instrument. Rosewood tends to give
fuller tone. But so much of making
an instrument has to do with bracing
and construction that it is very hard to
generalize. What makes a Stradivarius
violin different from every other violin
made from spruce and maple? Even
the music played and the use of an
instrument changes its character as it
ages. Rosewood has historically been
used on more premium instruments,
perhaps reflecting cost as much as
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