With its bright, crisp sound and creamy white complexion, maple is the cheerful extrovert among our tonewoods, but its light and bright appearance is belied by its strength and considerable heft. Maple has long been favored by the makers of a wide range of musical instruments including everything from high-end violins to the finest electric guitars, and its many virtues are not shy about announcing themselves. Our maple Site:1 has a brilliant clarity to its tone that really pops, and lends even the most familiar music a new immediacy.
Maple is the heaviest of our tonewoods. You may be familiar with its use as flooring for basketball courts and bowling alleys. Why is it used there? Because of its strength. Our woodworking team knows this well: Maple is beautiful to work with as it machines very well, and produces crisp and accurate edges…and it can make your equipment work a little harder too! It also finishes beautifully. It has very small pores, enabling a beautiful finish without excessive use of fillers. If you want a custom finish, Maple serves well because of its neutral color.
Maple’s higher density produces a brighter, prominent sound. This benefit includes the bass and treble which coupled with its excellent separation results in a strong, crisp audio experience coveted by many listeners today. Some listeners describe it as less “mellow” than other tonewoods.
With these resonant properties, maple is used in a wide range of music instruments. Whether in the backs and sides of premium violins or as the traditional go-to for the necks of guitars made by the world’s finest, its ability to highlight and amplify full ranges of sound ensure that the music is produced in a true form with minimal diminishing in treble and bass.
In terms of a Site:1, what you get is a tight and crisp sound that captures the entirety of the music it plays. Its wide range of responses work fluidly to create a beautiful brightness that reflect its clean, linear personality. For those who appreciate the highest highs and lowest lows, there is no better tonewood option.
Maple has long been found in guitars, both acoustic and electric. Why? Its high density allows for fuller resonation, capturing the subtle highs and challenging lows that play such a critical role in live performances and authetic replication.