When asked the question, “Is there one tonewood you always think players should explore more?”, many of our luthiers say the same thing: Indian rosewood!
It’s been a common thread in our conversations about the Bespoke process in particular, and everyone has had a lot to say about it. For many players diving into the luthier-built market, whether they're getting a custom-built guitar or considering pre-owned and shop guitars, it's easy to get taken in by the lore of Brazilian rosewood, or the uniqueness of something like Tasmanian myrtle. But there's a reason Indian rosewood is the standard bearer that it is. Its excellent tone, stability, easy workability, and availability make it a top choice for many builders, not just the bigger companies like Collings, Martin and Bourgeois. As Donal McGreevy points out, other woods are costlier "upgrades" not necessarily because they're tonally superior, but more often due to availability and difficulty of handling.
Read on to hear what Donal, Drew Lowry and Virgile Pilon of Blind Guitars had to say!