Does different wood make a difference?

This is probably the most debated question for guitarists. While the type of wood makes a difference to how an acoustic guitar sounds, it’s not quite so straight forward for solid-body electric guitars. Because the magnetic pickups on a guitar vibrate with the moving metal strings and not the wooden body, a different gauge of string or thickness of plectrum will have a much more dramatic effect on tone than a different body-wood.

Does different wood make a difference?

It could be argued that Les Pauls sound very different to Stratocasters because one is made from dense, heavy mahogany, the other from light ash wood. It’s easy to overlook that they use entirely different types of pickups in different locations on the body of the guitar.

Whether or not different woods do really make a noticeable difference to the tone of a solid-body electric guitar, certain rare, quality woods are still highly prized and sought after in the manufacture of high-end instruments.