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.
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 styles, 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.
Approximate measurements of Carved Tops for Electric Guitar and Bass: (500/550x170/200x16 mm)x2
Carved Tops Electric Guitar and Bass is the perfect choice to complete the body of the instrument. For its average thickness (16 mm) it is used to bring beauty, lightness and lower cost for Electric Guitar or Bass. Its thickness makes them ideal to carve and lower the top, recreating the great designs of Carved Tops, instruments in which the Top has curvature, being maximum height in the center and decreasing thickness towards the edges.
Enjoy a more beautiful, more economical and lighter instrument with Carved Tops.
Approximate measurements of Drop Tops for Electric Guitar and Bass: (500/550x170/200x7 mm)x2
Drop Tops for Electric Guitar and Bass is the lightest and economical choice to complete an instrument and give it the beauty that Electric Guitars and Basses deserve. Because of its thickness (7 mm), the end result is ideal, with a much lower cost and lighter than the rest of Tops. In addition, their lightness will make it easier to work with Drop Tops.
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Fingerboard, that thin and long piece which covers the neck of an instrument and where the strings run over, consists an essential part of most stringed instruments. Specially, playing classic and flamenco guitar.
Although it isn’t the most attractive or visible part of the electric bass, the kind of wood which it is made of and its quality have a huge influence in the final sound of the instrument.
Like everybody knows, the common recommendation is that the wood of the fingerboards has to be hard, because this part of the guitar is always being touched by the strings and the guitarist’s fingers.
For all these reasons, the most used woods in the construction of electric bass fingerboards are Ebony and Indian Rosewood, because of its hardness, stability and its obvious beauty. However, with the pass of the time, the range of wood used in fingerboards has increased, and we can find more woods with good density and hardness qualities for our electric bass. That’s why we have this huge variety of woods for fingerboards.
The electric guitar and bass tops are one of the options most used by manufacturers due it presents the possibility of making a high-quality instrument using 2 different types of wood. This provides different acoustic properties to the instrument which helps to get a very special sound. The other advantage that using two different woods to make the body has, is that the body can be made out of one cheaper wood and the top out a denser exotic wood that allows to enhance the deep sounds and achieve a longer sustain. When using a body top to make the electric guitar, most luthiers choose woods with a visually appealing grain like the Maple has.