Rosewood SS
The choice and combination of woods has a significant impact on both the visual and tonal qualities of an instrument. These days there is a wide variety of tonewood available, although some of the more traditional choices are becoming increasingly expensive and harder to source in good quality. The selection of materials, including the choice of binding and purfling is one part of the build process that I really enjoy.

Spruce, in its many varieties, has been the favoured choice for steel string soundboards for many years. My guitars will typically have a Sitka or Lutz spruce top, in either AAA or Master grade. Western Red Cedar is a good alternative, with its darker colouring often making it very visually appealing.

East Indian Rosewood has become the most common choice for backs and sides, with the decline in availability of more expensive options. It comes in a wide variety of colours and hues, from purples to browns to reds - and can also exhibit some interesting patterns and grains. Of course, there are many great alternatives to Rosewood, with budget often being the limiting factor.

While the majority of the tonewood I use is sourced from North America, I have also built with wood milled locally, including Macrocarpa and Eucalyptus.

Other woods commonly used in my guitars include Mahogany (for necks, linings and blocks) and African Ebony (for fingerboards and bridges). While I am quite traditional in my tastes, I like to use the NZ native Rewarewa for highlights such as rosettes and headplates, and have often used Koa and Australian Blackwood for bindings and trims.