Electric Guitar & Bass
The electric guitar emerged in the first half of the 20th century. It is used mostly in rock and roll and funk. It is a musical instrument that normally has six strings and has a low sound that will be one way or another depending on the design and location of the pickups, the scale, the bridge, and the capo.
A few years later, the amplifier was very beneficial for this instrument since it helped to extend its sound, and the first ones to use it, were operettas and Jazz guitarists, who previously did not have the means for their instrument to be heard within the orchestras.
The electric guitar parts are: machine heads, truss rod, jack, frets, mastil tensor, dot marker, fingerboard, neck, body, strings, pickups, knobs or volume and tone controls, bridge and pickguards. Most of these parts and even other accessories that can be attached, are available in Maderas Barber, a place where any luthier or guitar builder will be amazed.
The most commonly used woods for electric guitar bodies range from Alder, Mahogany or Ash, to more showy woods such as Maple, Limba or Wenge. For some years it has also been very common to use light wood with a more attractive top that can make the instrument more spectacular and at the same time make it lighter and cheaper.
Among the materials to build electric guitars are carbon fiber, synthetic materials such as polycarbonate, etc.
The electric bass is very similar to the electric guitar in appearance, differing only in the largest size of its body and neck and in that it has four, five or six strings. For this reason, we include both instruments under one category, since they share almost all the same pieces that make them up.
Since the 1950s, the electric bass has been replacing the contrabass when it is needed to produce the deep rhythmic sounds with a more compact instrument. This instrument is used as an accompaniment or as a solo instrument in almost every music style, including blues, jazz, pop, punk, reggae and rock.
As for guitars, wood for electric basses depends on the part of it. This instrument shares all the woods used for electric guitars, but there are others also recommended without being in any case, the only ones possibilities. Thus, for the body, woods like Maple, American Lime, Cocobolo, and Bubinga can also be used. For the fingerboards: Ebony, Santos Rosewood, or Wenge. It is important to note that for the carved tops, drop tops and body tops, other woods for electric bass can be used to complete the construction of the instrument and give it the beauty it deserves.