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We buy all our woods from ESPEN in Frankfurt, Germany. Espen has many years of experience and offers many different species in excellent quality. They sell FSC certificated woods, which we exclusively use to build our guitars from.
The fibers of the wood are both functional and visual.
Straight grain: For the constructional part (the neck) you want as long and even fibers as possible. Wood with even fibers is less likely to warp and that is why we use quarter sawn pieces for our necks.
Interlocked grain: When wood fibers change direction, beautiful patterns can emerge and this is used as a decoration, for example, as a top or headplate. The density of a wood brings different qualities that we as instrument makers benefit from. Low density wood weighs less and contributes resonance to an instrument, as the sound will travel through it more easily. High density wood, on the other hand, is more resistant to moisture than low density wood, making it a better fit for a neck where we want minimal movement.
Wood is a living material that is influenced by external circumstances. When building an instrument, one should be aware of it’s moisture content. How dry the wood has to be depends on the species. We are looking for a moisture content of 6-8%, because it reduces the risk of the wood moving afterwards
FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council and is an independent, international member organization that works for environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable use of the world’s forests through its FSC certification system.
Read more about FSC here
The Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), also called the Washington Convention, is an international convention to protect different species. It is intended to prevent the eradication of endangered species and serves as a means of combating illegal trade in animals and plants. The Convention was written in 1973 and entered into force in 1975
SGT DOOM Guitars are aware of our environment, and we only deal with reliable companies that provide us with materials for our instruments. We value sustainable production and that you as a customer feel safe with our materials.