What would you choose for a Strat style guitar, alder body, SSH??? I want a ballsy, in-yer-face tone with high end detail but not TOO MUCH high end detail. Opinions???
Between Indian and Brazilian, there really isn't the biggest difference in tone. Depending on the piece, BRW is usually a little more dense, so you're going to get some more balls. Its a toss up between the two. If you really want a huge difference and want to stay with a rosewood, check out some Honduras Rosewood--they use this stuff to make claves and percussion. The tap-tone is unbelievable--a HRW board will add some wonderful bell-like tones.I want a ballsy, in-yer-face tone with high end detail but not TOO MUCH high end detail. Opinions???
Now as far as this goes, that 1/4" piece of wood has everything to do with tone starting with the attack of the note. I've built many guitars and basses with the same woods but different fingerboards, and it changes everything. It all depends on how you want the note to sound from attack to decay. Obviously, it also depends on body and neck woods, but fingerboard choice is a huge aspect in dialing in your tone. With an alder body, a maple board sounds amazing with an open, full, powerful tone, and the rosewood would add a warmth and roundess to the note. Wenge is powerful with a snap between RW and ebony and has a great midrange compression.I just have a hard time believing a strip of wood @ 1/4" thick or less is going to impact the tone in the way you describe. (posted by Taller)
. . . recommend one. I have seen, hefted, and smelled these woods, and even cut some. I haven't made anything significant from them, therefore I don't know.Originally posted by drezdin
since BRW has become so expensive, can you recommend an alternative that sounds close to or just as good? pau ferro? cocobolo?