While now and then you can see some exotic timbers in some of my builds I have a general policy where I prefer to stick with traditional tone woods selection for making my instruments. There are several reasons for this policy which come down to following:
- I like to know and fully understand physical and tonal qualities of the woods I use for my guitars. With exotic woods in most cases you have no idea what’s going to come out of it which turns the whole thing into a very expensive lottery.
- I like to use sustainable woods with guaranteed supply that’s going to be there when I need it
- Exotic woods quite often can have certain impact on your health while working with them, most common is an allergy reaction.
- To sum it up I would like to offer this analogy: “Just because most exotic birds have tremendous looks and sometimes voices, doesn’t mean you should fry and eat them”.