Why are guitars made out of solid wood?
December 22, 2007 7:56 PM Subscribe
Why are solid-body electric guitars almost always made out of solid wood?
posted by Tube to media & arts (19 answers total)
Numerous consumer products have benefited from advances in materials science over the years. Examples would be tennis rackets, rifle stocks, kayaks, and skis. I know there have been electric guitars made out of clear acrylic plastic before, but I've never heard of guitars being made out of materials like Bakelite, fiberglass, carbon fiber, fiber-reinforced plastic, Kevlar, or even simply laminated wood.
Have other materials been tried and they all sound terrible? Or do the musicians and manufacturers embody a certain conservatism in this regard?
I've known a number of guitaristists over the years, and not one of them has been able to give me a satisfactory answer to this question.