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. Maple Revoiced to produce greater warmth, complexity, volume, sustain and responsiveness 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.  Blackheart Sassafras Bold striping caused by fungus makes blackheart a rare and stunningly beautiful wood.


If a guitar’s body shape produces the sonic equivalent of a meal, think of tonewoods as the seasoning. The unique acoustic properties of woods help color a body shape’s fundamental sound. The key is to find the woods that match up best with your playing style and intended applications. It might be rosewood’s low-end growl and sizzling trebles; the midrange overtones of mahogany; the focus and projection of maple; or the warmth of a cedar top for fingerpicking. As you play different guitars, pay attention to each wood pairing’s distinctive acoustic traits, along with the feeling of responsiveness in your hands. If you plan to play and sing, tune in to the way the acoustic sound relates to your voice.

Beyond tonal considerations, woods boast an inherent visual appeal that can also be deeply inspiring. Figured koa, maple, and cocobolo, to name a few, have cast a seductive spell on many a player. Grain patterns, color variegation, and other visual characteristics all help differentiate a guitar and showcase each one as a truly unique instrument.

Our wood descriptions should help convey the tonal characteristics of each of the woods we use, but keep in mind that each tree, and even each set of wood, is different. Fortunately, here at Taylor we benefit from having listened to countless versions of particular models, which has given us a good sampling of each tonewood’s core acoustic personality.

In the end, our goal is simple: to help you find the ultimate tone.

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