Indian Laurel vs Rosewood – Is Laurel A Good Guitar Tonewood?
I’d say Indian Laurel is as close to Rosewood as possible tonally,
|without being Rosewood itself. The difference is simply not there, unlike in the case of rosewood vs maple, or rosewood vs ebony. Indian laurel (most commonly referred to as “laurel”) is a superb Fretboard tonewood and also works well as a Back and Sides material.|
Indian Laurel is not inferior.....
|(or superior) to the Rosewood in any way. In fact, it is very much on par with Rosewood and makes for an excellent substitute that does not significantly impact the feel and tone of your beloved instrument. It's hard and dense with a rich harmonic profile, brilliant highs and a punchy low-end. It is, however, considered too heavy for solid bodies and necks and is disregarded as a soundboard wood.|
Yet, it would be worth it to get your hands on a guitar that has rosewood on the fretboard since it is worth each penny being paid for and you get to enjoy just the perfect experience that you might be seeking to make it all possible for you. If you are not on a budget and want the best graphics as well as tones on the guitar, rosewood is the choice to go for. For everyone else, those of us who don't have unlimited funds, might want to consider giving Indian Laurel a look....the best on par substitute for Rosewood.
There are few luthier supply companies in North America that supply this Rosewood equal.... Luckily for the luthier community, GJ Tonewood has one of the largest North American stockpiles of this special tonewood not to mention, the BEST price on it as well.
It's moving from our warehouse in Wisconsin to luthiers around the country and even abroad like Denmark! Stop worrying about CITES, but enjoy the look, feel and tone of our old friend, the Rosewood!
GIVE INDIAN LAUREL A TRY....YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!
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