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Eminent Member
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Hi Guys and Gals,

God, it's been such a long time since I have posted on here or even checked out the site. Really should make a habit of checking in around here more often. Anyway, I have a few quick questions that I need some help one.

Basically, I'm doing research for a school project on a material of my choice. Obviously being a bit of a guitar fan I decided to go for a wood used in guitars. So I choose Alder. Only one problem, I know the basics about the material. I know that it is fairly light, can be found all over the world, gives a great tone that isn't to bright but isn't to warm, is fairly cheap but I need to know why it is like this. Why does the wood give such a great tone? Why is it light compared to other types of woods used for guitars? Is there any other reasons guitarists choose guitars with a body made from Alder instead of a guitar made from another wood such as Hopefully some of you will be able to help me find the answer to these questions.

All help would be much appreciated,


Estimable Member
Joined: 18 years ago
Posts: 113

Alder has less density than say maple, therefore it is lighter, and resonates differently than other woods.
The density of the wood varies specimen to specimen, I think Alder is about the same as mahogany, maybe a bit lighter.
Check out they have alot of info on the woods they use to build their bodies.
Cool project man!


Zacharias Wolf

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Joined: 19 years ago
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You might try asking at as well. They're all pretty knowledgable.

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It's not just the density, it's also it's workability.

Alder is shaped very easily, generally has good grain structure, takes a finish well, etc.

A wood that is easy to work with is important unless you're doing high dollar custom work.

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