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What Should You Consider About the Soundboard Before Buying an Acoustic Guitar?

By Brent Cole / September 16, 2019

The soundboard is essentially the heart of any acoustic instrument. It is responsible for the tone of a guitar and its lifespan. However, too much attention is paid to the peripheral components of the instrument, while the importance of the soundboard is underplayed. But, the fact remains that it’s the single-most-important component in forming the…

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Things you probably didn’t know about Sitka Spruce

By Brent Cole / September 16, 2019

The spruce tree is embedded in North American culture and mountain landscapes. Many states claim a type of spruce as their state tree- the Alaskan state tree is the Sitka spruce; the Colorado State tree is the Colorado blue spruce; with South Dakota State trees the black Hale spruce and the Utah State tree is…

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The Top Three Acoustic Guitars For Professional Players

By Brent Cole / September 16, 2019

The world of guitars is expansive and so are its tonewood options. Reputable acoustic guitar companies, such as Taylor Guitars and Martin & Co. are now offering dozens of standard tonewood options – solid woods, laminated, and synthetics. And then there is Luthiers Mercantile International that carries a huge number of options, also including the…

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Mandolin Care and Maintenance – How to Look After Your Mandolin

By Brent Cole / September 16, 2019

If you are someone who likes the look and feel of a worn, decrepit instrument, then this blog is not for you. On the other hand, if you want your mandolin to look as good as new for a long time, educating yourself about maintenance tips is crucial. The only way you can prolong your…

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4 Famous Bluegrass Mandolin Players You Should Definitely Know

By Brent Cole / September 16, 2019

The mandolin: synonymous with Bluegrass and American folk music, is one of the most popular acoustic string instruments. If you wish to acquaint yourself with the instrument and its significance in the music industry, learning about the maestros that have played it through the years is a great place to start. There are many famous…

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3 Basic Fingerpicking Tips That Will Save You on Years of Practice

By Brent Cole / September 16, 2019

Playing the guitar requires skill, effort, and more than just that, it requires the player to put their heart and soul into it. If you can relate to an artist like Kurt Cobain, and feel the need to go quiet for hours, sitting in a comfortable corner, playing the rhythm guitar, while paying no heed…

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A Day With the crew of Alaska Specialty Woods Inc,

By Brent Cole / April 24, 2019

A Day with the Alaska Specialty Woods Inc crew We at Alaska Specialty Woods do a lot of different tasks to complete our one job, that is to produce the finest soundboard products in the world. Earthone Soundboards, from 100% Salvage sourced Old Growth Sitka Spruce, and Cedars, Native and growing in the forest around…

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Sitka Spruce Tonewood

By Troy Thomas / October 10, 2018

Play Those Subtle Acoustic Songs on Sitka Spruce Tonewood Guitars by Alaska Specialty Woods You see everything when looking for an acoustic guitar: Sitka spruce top, mahogany back and sides, rosewood connect, etc. All extremely noteworthy, yet what does it mean? The more significant part of us aren’t wood specialists, so what precisely do distinctive…

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What is a Weissenborn Guitar?

By Brent Cole / February 10, 2017

What do famous guitar players Ronnie Wood (Rolling Stones), Ben Harper, and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) all have in common? They’ve all played a Weissenborn guitar at some point in their career. A man named Hermann Weissenborn developed his own unique brand of lap slide guitar in the 1920s and 1930s. Today, if you’re able…

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A Look at Sitka Spruce’s Importance to Alaska

By Brent Cole / February 8, 2017

If everyone reading this could come to Alaska and see Sitka Spruce trees in person, they’d marvel at their majesty. Indeed, life in Alaska is a treat for the senses– just one look around the forest here and you’ll stand in awe, impressed at nature’s beauty. Alaska Specialty Woods is proud to call Alaska home.…

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