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.
- The accessories for Guitar and Electric Bass are fundamentals parts for a good functionality and finishing of the instrument, the correct selection of these pieces is of great importance to achieve a good sound and an attractive finish. In Maderas Barber we have a wide range of high-quality accessories so that you can acquire in a single order everything you need to build and finish your instrument, from the beginning to the end. In addition, you can choose from a wide range of products, from machine heads, strings, pickups, plugs, pickguards, reinforcements for the necks etc. All our accessories are of excellent quality.
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.
The body of the guitar and electric bass is one of the essential parts in the manufacture of the instrument, not only for the design and beauty of the wood, but for its sound. The body of the wood is the means by which the sound transmits its vibrations to the pickups and is essential in the sound of the guitar, the proper choice of wood allows each instrument to have special nuances.
Electric guitar was invented in the United States in the mid-twentieth century, by jazz composer les paul, later the electric bass guitar would appear to produce rhythmic sounds more low-pitched.
In Maderas Barber we have 3 types of bodies for guitar and electric bass, the classic 2-piece symmetrical, 1-piece bodies that many manufacturers use, and asymmetric bodies. In addition, we have different types of wood to build the bodies: Alder, Mahogany, Ash, and we have introduced other exotic and beautiful woods such as Wenge, Zebrano, Padauk, Black Limba or Bubinga.
One of the fundamental parts of an electric guitar or electric bass is its body; its weight, its stiffness, its acoustic properties or its tone and its beauty; these are the main characteristics that we must to take into account when selecting the wood to manufacture the instrument. For many years, “classical” woods were used for the construction of the instrument, such as maple, alder, mahogany or ash; but actually, the big manufacturers of guitars or electric bass use new exotic woods that get a good tonal response and open a range of possibilities of natural colors very striking for guitarists. Many of these woods such as wenge, purple heart or Honduras cedar can be found in our online store.
The finished bodies that we have in Maderas Barber are built based on Telecaster and Stratocaster models with the necessary recesses for the installation of the tools and the neck. For this process it would take many hours of work and different types of machinery and tools, we use high-tech numerical control machines to obtain these bodies with precision and high quality.
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.
Get an Electric Guitar or Bass with the wood you like and at the best price.
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.
In Maderas Barber we have guitar fingerboards that are dry, calibrated to the standard measurements of the manufacturers, mechanized to install the frets and ready to be cleaned and attached to the finished neck. The fingerboards we offer are made of high-quality wood with magnificent acoustic properties, such as Indian Rosewood, Ebony, Cocobolo, Sonokeling and many more. All the fingerboards have gone through several process in which different tools and heavy machinery have been used so, these fingerboards will save us time and money in the process of building the instrument.
The prefabricated kits that we offer in Maderas Barber include all the parts necessary for the construction of the instrument except drawings and tools. These kits are an excellent choice for all those who are approaching to the world of lutheria or simply by hobby. The kits are designed to facilitate the manufacture of the instrument because all the tools and heavy machinery that we should use for the first steps of manufacturing are not necessary. The wood’s pieces are ready to be varnished and all the electrical components are ready for assembly.
In Maderas Barber we offer to our customers these prefabricated kits to facilitate the construction of your own acoustic, classical, electric, viola and violin guitar always with high quality woods and materials.
The necks of finished electric bass are made of high-quality maple and are already machined and prepared to assemble to the finished guitar body. These necks are almost finished, except for the installation of the strings, machine heads and the polish details that each builder wants to include. The necks have already placed the fingerboard with the frets, the saddle and the positions markers.
These necks have gone through several elaboration processes, to balance and adjust measures, mechanize, sand and dry, all of them realized with specialized tools and machinery, with this we achieve an important saving in time and money for the manufacture of the instrument.
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.