Believe it or not, optimal combinations of wood for electric guitars were established almost 50 years ago. Various attempts to find viable alternatives went by just like any other fashion. That is why I am using
GUITARS WITH FENDER TONE
Body: american alder or swamp ash
Neck: north American hard rock maple
Fingerboard: rosewood and north American hard rock maple.
GUITARS WITH GIBSON TONE
Body: Honduras mahogany
Fingerboard: rosewood and ebony
Body top: European maple
Now, the question is – why only these and not any other types/sources of wood? How it is possible that there are no other wood options - more available, cheaper but equally good woods?
ALDER American gives that authentic Fender tone, while European alder is much softer and is missing some highs and what is more important it lacks punch/attack.
SWAMP ASH from Mississippi has a tone that is both huge and airy at the same time. Extremely lightweight it is authentic Fender’s tone from the 50s.
HONDURAN MAHOGANY - average weight, traditional choice for Gibson - warm and round tone with long sustain
HARD ROCK MAPLE - north American maple is very important ingredient for what is known as Fender tone; it has optimal proportion of elasticity and stiffness that is crucial for guitar neck’s stability. There are 3 options- plain, curly and quilted. Differences among them are more esthetical and less tonal.
ROSEWOOD and EBONY have been standard for fingerboards, so I am using them also as fingerboard material.
The wood I use for the guitars I build is purchased from well respected European companies that produce and import with a century long tradition in selecting, drying and selling tone-woods. For every single piece I have a certificate for humidity percentage at the moment of purchase (~7%). I maintain the humidity level in my shop in 25-45% range, which lowers the humidity in wood to 5% and even less.