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.
The symmetrical 2-pieces electric guitar body, is one of the most used options to make this instrument due to the stability it provides it. It is also used to make guitars with the “neck trough”. In the bodies of guitar and electric bass we can find 2 possibilities of symmetry: (1) vertical symmetry: a piece cut in half with 2 symmetrical pieces or (2) linear: 2 pieces that match in its grain vertically. These pieces aren’t broken nor have defects and the quarter cut design is the one that each species has.
Guitar bodies were usually made of wood such as Alder, Fresno or Mahogany, but in recent times different species of exotic wood with more density have been introduced that provide greater sustain and a more attractive aesthetic.
The bodies made out 1-piece, the neck union with the body, can be done in 2 ways: (1) screwed which is called "Bolt-on Neck" or (2) glued that gives more sustain to the instrument, which is called "Set-in neck".
The bodies made out 1-piece are instruments more rigid than the ones made out 2 or 3 pieces, because the sound and resonance is more compact and brighter. The more pieces that make up the instrument, it will have a greater stability, but the sound of the guitar will always be better the fewer pieces we use, since the vibrations transfer is better in one body.
There are many factors that influence the final sound of the guitar, but a good wood choice for the instrument, will contribute positively to achieving the desired sound.
We offer at Maderas Barber asymmetric bodies composed by 2 or 3 pieces (depending on the wood). The impact of sound and sustain depends on the pieces that form the instrument and this is something complex that has been discussed among guitarists. Instruments with asymmetric bodies are very stable and are visually different from those made out 1 piece having also the peculiarity of being really striking designs.
Asymmetric bodies are one of the best options in terms of quality-price; that’s why many manufacturers choose them to make their electric guitars.