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Study: How does wood look affect guitar sound?

Many musicians will say that acoustic guitaris capable of producing a good sound only if it is made from the “right” tree. As a rule, they mean expensive wood, which is produced from endangered trees. A new study suggests that this is a misconception. It was found out experimentally that the type of wood from which the guitar is made does not affect its sound and convenience. For the most part, the quality of the instrument depends on its shape, size, the strings used and a number of other features.

The study was conducted by staffBritish University Lancaster. They contacted guitar maker Roger Bucknall of Flyde Guitars and asked him to make six acoustic instruments with steel strings. They were identical in size and shape and differed only in the type of wood used to make the back and side plates.

For the manufacture of guitars were used:

  • brazilian rosewood;
  • Indian rosewood;
  • the Red tree;
  • wood sapele;
  • maple;
  • walnut wood.

Guitars made with different cost wereevaluated by a group of 52 guitarists. They were brought into a dim room and did not see the guitar from which tree they were playing melodies. As a result, it turned out that the musicians did not notice much difference between all six guitars. When they sounded a list of used wood and asked to name which guitar they played, more than half of the volunteers answered incorrectly.

According to Professor Christopher Plaka, the resultresearch proves that instead of wood from endangered trees, producers may well use cheaper options. The difference in sound, of course, is, but according to scientists, it is insignificant.

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