Backs and Sides

Our bookmatched back and side sets are hand matched for color and grain.The woods we offer are unique and hand selected to combine the finest tonal qualities available, with stunning visual beauty. Available in three sizes: classical, steel string, and jumbo.

 

The back and sides contribute far less than the soundboard to a guitar’s sound, but t...

Our bookmatched back and side sets are hand matched for color and grain.The woods we offer are unique and hand selected to combine the finest tonal qualities available, with stunning visual beauty. Available in three sizes: classical, steel string, and jumbo.

 

The back and sides contribute far less than the soundboard to a guitar’s sound, but their composition is nonetheless important. The wood used to form the back and sides of an acoustic guitar does a lot more than simply look good and create an enclosure. Even within a species, no two pieces of wood are exactly alike. The inherent tonal properties of different woods play their part in filtering and amplifying the sound that resonates from the soundboard at the front. The combinations of woods, therefore need to be considered carefully when they are paired up. It is for this reason that acoustic guitars frequently feature different woods on the back and sides than they do on the top.  

 

SIZE

CLASSICAL

WESTERN/STEEL STRING

JUMBO

BACK IN MM**

500-530 x 190-205 x 4.5 mm

530-550 x 210-220 x 4.5 mm

550-570 x 220-230 x 4.5 mm

BACK IN INCH**

19-20 x 7.5-8 x .18

20-21 x 8-8.5 x .18

21-22 x 8.5-9 x .18

SIDES IN MM**

780-820 x 100-120 x 4 mm

830-850 x 130-140 x 4 mm

850-900 x  140 x 4 mm

SIDES IN INCH**

30-32 x 4-5 x .15

32-33 x 5-5.5 x .15

33-35 x 5.5 x .15

** Dimensions can vary. Please contact sales@gjtonewood.com for exact sizes of YOUR back and side sets.

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Subcategories

  • Indian Rosewood

    Indian Rosewood

    (Dalbergia Latifolia)

  • Indian Ebony

    East Indian Ebony

    (Diospyros Ebenum)

  • Indian Laurel

    Indian Laurel (Terminalia elliptica)

  • Honduras Mahogany

    (Swietenia macrophylla)

    Honduras Mahogany

    Often referred to in the wood trade as Tropical American mahogany, Honduras mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) grows throughout much of Central and South America, including southern Mexico. However, the first mahogany discovered by Spanish explorers was Cuban mahogany (Swietenia mahogoni), a species no longer commercially available. Another true mahogany exists in Africa, In the tropical forest, Honduras mahogany sometimes attains 150' heights and diameters of 72". Trees planted and grown for lumber on plantations (found in mahogany's natural range and the South Pacific), run smaller. Honduras mahogany wood has straight, semi-open grain and a color that ranges from yellow-brown to dark red, depending on where it grows. With age, though, mahogany of all colors becomes a rich, dark red-brown. The wood also may display exceptional fiddleback, quilt, and ribbon-stripe figure. A bit lighter than maple at 32 pounds per cubic foot, Honduras mahogany matches oak in strength. The wood also with stands moisture, resists fire and decay, and remains stable in use. It is also referred to as, Big-Leaf Mahogany, Honduran Mahogany, American Mahogany and Brazilian Mahogany but it's true scientific name is Swietenia macrophylla.

    Honduras Mahogany Lumber is very easy to work with tools as well as machines well with an exception of slightly dulling of cutters can occur. Easy on glues, stains, sanding, and finishes.