The Woods We Use

Navigating and understanding the world of tonewood can be overwhelming, but we've broken down the sound properties of our most commonly used woods to help you get a feeling for what best suits you. The unique combination of woods used for the top, back, and sides will all impact your instrument's tone quality, sound, and musical characteristics.

The guitar top is the first design element to catch the eye for many.

It understandably also plays an important role in the sound your instrument will make. La Mancha guitars often use German spruce, solid Canadian cedar, laminated spruce and laminated mahogany.

The woods used for the back and sides of an acoustic guitar have a significant effect on the instrument's overall sound. 

They will either amplify or eliminate frequencies produced by the strings affecting the guitar's overall tone. All La Mancha solid wood guitars use mahogany, while laminated guitars will use mahogany, figured maple and pao ferro.

The choice of wood used for the neck, fretboard and bridge can greatly affect comfort and playability. 

Depending on the wood used for the guitar's body, the fretboard wood can help balance the tone and sound — most La Mancha Guitars use ovangkol.

German Spruce

Creates an immediate and balanced tone with a consistent sound and crisp projecting tones. It's one of the most popular choices for guitar tops and is frequently used in the Baton Rouge Guitar portfolio for a good reason- it's conducive to a wide variety of playing styles and techniques.

You'll find a broad range of solid spruce top models in the Baton Rouge portfolio, and it is an excellent choice for fingerstyle players and strummers alike.

Check our models using a German spruce top

Cedar

Is another common choice for guitar tops and produces a slightly darker, heavier tone than spruce. It has a discerning quality and character, producing richer overtones than other woods, but it loses precision and clarity when played too hard with a pick.

Cedar is a popular choice to create classical guitars with rich overtones, quality of sound, and distinctive character.

Check our models using a cedar top

Mahogany

with its distinctive reddish-dark brown colour is easy to spot. It's known for producing a distinctly warm tone and is often described as having a "woody, dry" sound. Over time, as the mahogany tree matures, the wood will take on a more colourful tone. Both solid and laminated mahogany can be found on La Mancha tops, backs, and sides. Thanks to its balanced tone, wide range, and wide spectrum overtones, mahogany elements are appreciated by a wide range of players.

Check our models using a mahogany top

Maple

Tonewood is known for its beautiful patterns and stunning aesthetics. It is a very dense wood resulting in a bright, immediate tone with relatively quick note decay. It's a popular choice for live performance with a focused and clear tone and works very well with pickup systems and microphones.

You'll find a variety of La Mancha models with maple backs and sides.

Maple features are appreciated by a wide spectrum of players but are especially sought after by those who perform live or on stage.

Other woods used in our portfolio

Cherry

Pau Ferro

Acacia

Ovangkol

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