Laminate vs. Solid Wood Acoustic Guitars

By Brent Cole / January 31, 2017

What’s better– laminate or solid wood acoustic guitars? Interestingly, the most common building material is still solid wood, even though guitars can be made from carbon fiber, Ekoa, fiberglass and recycled metal. Much like there are cheap cars and expensive ones, there are cheap guitars and expensive ones, too. You get what you pay for,…

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A Short History of the Guitar

By Brent Cole / January 11, 2017

Sitka Spruce from Alaska Specialty Woods is used to make many guitars sound great. Though guitars today seem ubiquitous, and are the most popular instrument for popular music, did you ever wonder about their history? The development of the guitar goes back thousands of years. Early versions of the guitar were most likely developed in…

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The Universal Benefits of Using Salvaged Soundboards

By Brent Cole / December 26, 2016

People in Alaska like to listen to KTOO, a not-for-profit Juneau-based public radio station that shares interesting stories about life in Alaska. Recently, KTOO posted an article on its website about Sitka spruce, the wood that has helped make guitars and violins sound so good the world over. Sitka spruce is used as a “tonewood,”…

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Sitka Spruce Is Used for a Variety of Items

By Brent Cole / February 2, 2016

Alaska Specialty Woods is known for guitars and other instruments utilizing the finest Sitka spruce instrument tonewood material. Indeed, over 50,000 guitar tops worth of Sitka spruce and other fine specialty woods exist, with their beautiful designs and superb sounds. Sitka spruce has had many uses over the centuries besides providing the wood for various…

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All About Your Instrument’s Reeds

By Brent Cole / July 1, 2014

Reeds are important to many woodwind instruments.  One could say that without the saxophone or clarinet the great sounds of jazz may never had existed.  Reeds are so important in bringing a unique sound to an ensemble.   There are different reeds to fit each instrument, and some instruments require two reeds to get the…

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Aged is all the rage

By Brent Cole / January 15, 2013

The bad news is that your guitar isn’t a spring chicken. The great news is that it sounds better than ever and that’s in part due to its age. Guitarists and Luthiers call it “opening up.” Let’s explore what that means. From new houses to new baseball gloves everything new begins to settle or relax.…

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A Few Interesting Facts About Soundboards

By Brent Cole / January 9, 2013

  1)      The soundboard is an essential factor in determining the quality of sound and tone of an acoustic guitar. 2)      Spruce is the most prevalent source used to create acoustic guitars and other wooden instruments. 3)      Sitka Spruce is the renowned as being the best source for musical instruments. 4)      Cheaper guitars that have…

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The Future of Sitka Spruce

By Brent Cole / December 26, 2012

Guitarplayer.com wrote an interesting piece about the potential struggles that Sitka Spruce will face in the future.  Specifically, the article discussed how Sitka Spruce might not be able to sustain the rapid pace of which it is cut down to create soundboards for acoustic guitars, violins and other wooden instruments.  Musicians and guitar manufactures alike…

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Protecting The Sound of Your Guitar

By Brent Cole / December 19, 2012

Your guitar is more than an instrument; it is your friend. It is your expensive, yet fragile, friend. Do not make the novice mistake of caring for your guitar improperly. Humidity is one of the quickest ways to damage a guitar’s shape and sound. Practice caution by paying close attention to humidity in the area…

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Benefit Concert for Hurricane Sandy

By Brent Cole / December 12, 2012

Some of the world’s top musicians are coming together tonight for a special benefit concert to help Hurricane Sandy Victims.  The start-studded lineup features a plethora of rock and roll heavyweights, including Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Rodger Waters.  In fact, a unique announcement was today that McCartney, the former…

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