Indian Rosewood

Taylor Acoustic Guitar Woods

Tropical Mahogany A midrange powerhouse. Mahogany is prized for balance and articulation, making it one of the best all-around tonewoods there is. Indian Rosewood The tonewood superstar. Popular, traditional, and versatile, Bob Taylor puts Indian rosewood among the greatest tonewoods ever. Big Leaf Maple High-end sparkle and incomparable good looks put maple in its own category. Hawaiian Koa Few woods carry the allure of Hawaiian koa, with its gorgeous figure and sweet, complex tone. Walnut Walnut’s crisp highs are balanced by a deep, woody low end that emerges as the guitar is played in. Cocobolo A cannon of a guitar, with exotic coloration and figure to match its bold voice. Ovangkol Although not as well-known as its Indian rosewood cousin, ovangkol shares many of the same properties, making it a versatile, great-sounding tonewood. Sapele One of the best all-around tonewoods there is, sapele will deliver for any playing style. Layered Rosewood A rosewood veneer and layered construction present a beautiful aesthetic in a durable, affordable package. Layered Sapele Layered wood construction is used to offer attractive, durable and affordable models. Layered Maple Maple veneer is part of the resilient layered construction on the black 214ce-BLK. Layered Blackwood A blackwood veneer with laminate construction blends exotic beauty, resilience and affordability. Quilted Sapele Besides boasting gorgeous figure, the tone enhances sapele’s “bright mahogany” voice with extra low-end warmth. Tasmanian Blackwood Koa's cousin produces a similar tone, with a breathy midrange and bright treble notes, plus low-end overtones. Macassar Ebony Macassar’s exotic beauty is matched by a bold, dynamic tone that can be dark or bright, depending on the player and the top pairing. Layered Koa Koa veneer is part of the resilient layered construction on the 210ce-K and 214ce-K. Granadillo Sonically comparable to rosewood, granadillo’s higher density yields a clear, ringing tone. African Ebony A dense wood typically used for fretboards and bridges, ebony produces rich overtones. Figured Mahogany Rare and beautiful, figured mahogany is reserved for limited edition or custom guitars. Layered Quilted Sapele Layered wood provide great tone in a beautiful, durable and affordable instrument. 

Indian Rosewood

Origin: East India

Used On: The 700, 800, 900 Series Acoustic/Electrics, Acoustic 7, 8, & 9 Series, Laminate 200 Series

One of the most popular and traditional guitar woods of all time, rosewood takes the basic sonic thumbprint of mahogany (which has a strong midrange) and expands it in both directions. Rosewood sounds deeper in the low end and brighter on the top end (one might describe the treble notes as zesty, sparkly or sizzly, with more articulation). If you look at its frequency range visually, rosewood would appear to be more scooped in the middle, yielding less midrange bloom than mahogany. Like mahogany, rosewood’s vintage heritage has helped firmly establish its acoustic legacy. It’s a great sound in part because we know that sound. In some music circles in which preserving the traditional sound helps bring a sense of authenticity to the music — certain strains of Americana, for example — rosewood has an iconic status. Also like mahogany, rosewood is a versatile tonewood, which has contributed to its popularity. One can fingerpick it, strum it and flatpick it. It’s very consistent, so players can usually rely on it to deliver.

Goes Well With: Most applications. If you like a guitar with fuller low end and brighter treble (bluegrassers, for instance), rosewood will do the trick. Its high-end sizzle and clear articulation will benefit players with “dark hands”. If you’re looking for a traditional acoustic sound, a rosewood Dreadnought or Grand Auditorium is right up your alley.

 

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