With a desire to experience building with various top materials, it was an easy choice to select this very old Redwood top for my latest build. This wood is lighter in weight than Sitka but still maintains incredible stiffness and has a musical tap tone. I wasn't sure if I would love the atheistic look of a Redwood top guitar, but paired with this stunning reddish-golden set of Hawaiian Curly Koa, I was pleasantly surprised with the end result! As for the tonal character, this parlor guitar displays a slightly dark tone with a crisp, bold response. Redwood/Koa is a winning combination that I will continue to use for Urlacher Guitars! See and hear Don Latarski playing redwood/koa parlor guitar.
Though rare and expensive, especially in fine quality, Brazilian Rosewood is traditionally regarded as the finest of tonewoods. It offers clarity, a warm rich tone with full bases and sparkling trebles. This wood is a pleasure to work with; it rings out like a bell when tapped, and dust particles fill the shop with a sweet intoxicating scent. This Concert Style guitar back boasts a striking sapwood center with contrasting dark-brown marbled figure. I will be building a few more instruments with this premier tonewood.