Good tonewoods; Good sound
The woods used in the making of the instrument determines to a large extent the tonal qualities of the instrument. Good wood makes good instruments. I am extremely selective in the choice of woods for the neck. I want the neck to look uniquely beautiful , play fast , stay stable and sound great. Where possible I will only use quartersawn material for the neck shaft.
Some of the woods used for the neck shaft in my highest end /exhibition models are :Hainan Huanghuali, Indian Red sandalwood (zitan) , brazilian rosewood & snakewood. Some of the woods used for the neck shaft in my artist grade models are : brazilian rosewood, snakewood, gabon ebony, macassar ebony, cocobolo & pau ferro .
The fingerboard woods i use are huanghuali, zitan, brazilian rosewood, snakewood & pernambuco
My favorite combination for an artist grade neck is ebony (neck shaft) & pernambuco (fingerboard ; antique washed). This produces a very lively and responsive tone that makes you want to keep playing the guitar for hours.
Some of the best woods available in the world can be dense and heavy; In addition , some of these woods have small tree trunks. As such they do not make good candidates for guitar bodies even after chambering . I like my guitar bodies to have a washed antique look. I am particularly fond of antique furniture made during the Ming Dynasty. They come with minimalist carvings and are made from very precious Hainan huanghuali. To create a washed antique look , I use body woods such as one piece swamp ash, flamed alder, one piece bubinga, genuine mahogany, tasmanian blackwood, curly redwood and chambered pernambuco.
Beautiful bookmatched laminate tops gives the guitar a classy heirloom look . I generally do not use stained maple as these are already used to death in the guitar industry. My preferred tops are brazilian rosewood, african blackwood, cocobolo, amboyna burl & figured ebony .
My favorite combinations for a guitar body is a flamed alder/redwood body with a brazilian rosewood/cocobolo top. I usually add a highly figured wood binding such as snakewood/cocobolo to go around the guitar instead of the typical plastic bindings found in the custom shops. It requires more work but gives a unique and expensive look to the guitar.