Alaska Specialty Woods Blog

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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Tips for Creating Your Own Guitar

By Brent Cole / March 2, 2015

There are music lovers and there are wood crafting enthusiasts; and sometimes the two are combined. Whether your love is for the sound that a guitar creates, or actually creating the instrument itself, the guitar is a magical instrument.   If you do have the passion for working with wood and building instruments, guitar making…

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Our Wood Stash

By Brent Cole / January 23, 2015

  To create great instruments you need to start with the finest materials. Sitka Spruce is the wood for the job. This wood grows densely on Price of Wales Island. The maritime climate creates the perfect environment for growing the wood at a slow even rate, without weather extremes. Sitka Spruce is known and sought…

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All About Archtop Guitars

By Brent Cole / November 22, 2014

Archtop guitars were first introduced in the late 1890’s they were a new type of sound people were looking for. These new guitars were not invented to be amplified at the time. They already produced loud enough sound on their own and could round out a band. Archtop guitars are a special type of guitar…

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