Real Hardwood, what's the big deal?
It has to do with how your guitar strings vibrate when attatched to wood. If that "wood"
is plywood or press board, there's going to be a dull, lifeless vibration--it's too soft and mushy. The strings will stop
moving much quicker. If it's a nice hardwood, the strings have something solid to vibrate on. The actual string movement lasts
longer and is further amplified by the wood itself. Even nicer is that the kind of hardwood used will modify the tones produced--making
the guitar sound "brighter" "darker" "punchier" "twangier" "biting" "piercing"
It's like this:
Traditional Strats are made of Alder.
Les Pauls are Mahogany with a Maple Cap.
Bodies are Maple.
Some Gibson Jazz guitars are Maple or Poplar or have Spruce tops.
Dan Electros were always Poplar...
get the idea. REAL HARDWOODS are MANDATORY for real guitars.
I simply figured out how to get Classic and New Hardwood
Tones to you without charging a fortune by borrowing
ideas from the classic ideas above. But I also mix and match and experiement with untried combinations.