Tonewoods

The woods used for constructing an acoustic guitar are not chosen just because of their aesthetic attributes, each species offers distinctive tonal characteristics. From the warmth of mahogany back and sides to the brightness of maple, differences from one to the other are immediately noticeable.

It all starts with the top.

The top of the acoustic guitar is also called the soundboard. From here about 75% of the guitar's volume and tone is created. A laminated top will be more restrictive to the sound. You'll hear less projection, tone, and volume. A solid top in comparison will explode with extra resonance and tone. It will also give the player more dynamic range. A player can play quieter and louder, adding more accentual expression to a performance.

Strong & Resonante.

Acoustic guitar tops have to be strong too. The average weight that pulls against the top from the strings' tension is 175 pounds! Not only does the top have to accommodate this constant string tension, it has to be thin enough to offer a loud resonant sound. This leaves few choices of woods to work with.

We use solid Sitka spruce for all our tops. Spruce is by far the most commonly used tonewood for soundboard construction.

Color & Tone

It has excellent stiffness, strength characteristics, and produces a good even tone with good volume. It is light in color, and features beautiful definitions between its growth rings.

Spruce offers such an amazing strength to weight ratio, it was even used in aircraft construction and is still used in the manufacturing of helicopter blades.

The Back and Sides

Often called the "salt 'n' pepper" of the acoustic guitar's tone, the back and sides add "flavoring", or "seasoning", to the over all sound. On Parkwood guitars, you'll find mahogany or maple back and sides.

Mahogany is the most commonly used hardwood for guitar backs because it's durable, easy to work with, and resonant. Acoustic guitars with mahogany backs and sides will provide a well rounded, warm tone.

Maple is a beautiful light colored wood which offers a very bright and loud tone. It is often used for jumbo and dreadnought bodies when high volume is desired. Parkwood maple models use highly figured, flamed maple back and sides.

Body Shape

DREADNOUGHT

This is the most popular body shape used by many makers. Well suited for many different styles of music. It works well with both finger style and pickers alike.

DREADNOUGHT CUTAWAY

Dreadnought body shape with added cutaway. You get the fullness of the dreadnought body shape with the convenience of the upper cutaway. For the player that uses the entire fret board, the upper cutaway offers access to the highest frets normally un reachable on a regular guitar.

GRAND CONCERT

This has a slightly smaller body design with a pronounced cutaway that offers excellent access to the upper frets. Preferred by working guitarists who need a comfortable easy to play guitar for long sets.

GRAND CONCERT CUTAWAY

This has a slightly smaller body design with a pronounced cutaway that offers excellent access to the upper frets. Preferred by working guitarists who need a comfortable easy to play guitar for long sets.

Construction

Parkwood Guitars, World Class Craftsmanship

Parkwood uses the finest, selected, solid Spruce tops with a variety of high quality tone woods for the sides and back. Hand scalloped bracing provides strength to the spruce top and helps shape the vocal quality of the instrument. Hand selected spruce tone wood is chosen for its sound and beauty. Tone tapped for the ideal timbre and volume.

Neck

NUT WIDTH

Parkwood Guitars use a 43mm (1.7") nut width for comfortable fingering. Not too crowded, but comfortable for most hands. This width is the perfect balance between a wide open string spacing and a comfortable grip at the first fret.

NECK SHAPE

Parkwood uses a comfortable Oval "C" shape profile. After playing hundreds of different guitars and examining why some necks feel better than others, we have come across a great feeling neck that is not too thick, but still has some girth for chord work. Comfortable and hard to put down.

2 WAY BI FLEX TRUSS ROD

Parkwood Guitars utilize the latest in truss rod designs by using a 2 way or also known as a "Bi-Flex" Truss Rod. The neck can be adjusted in both directions (with or against the strings pull) giving you the most accurate neck adjustment possible. A 2 way truss rod also places less load on the neck wood itself, resulting in less warpage or damage caused by the traditional truss rod design.

ACTION

All Parkwood guitars are set up for optimum tone and playability 2 times. First from our factory during final assembly. Then we re-check and re-adjust a second time before we ship to your local dealer. Parkwood Guitars are fine tuned by luthiers with years of real world playing experience. We include an extra saddle with each guitar in case you want to re-adjust or experiment with different action settings.

Finish

The finish on all Parkwood guitars is designed for 2 reasons. One is for the aesthetic beauty. The other is for the protective qualities a good hard finish provides. All woods when finished will change the way they look when a finish or stain is applied. All woods will become deeper richer in look. We strive to select the best sounding woods first, then choose woods based on how it looks. The thickness of the finish affects how the wood breathes and vibrates. We have spent years researching how the different types of finishes change and alter the sound. A thin, but hard finish works best. The thickness also has a big impact on how it sounds. Too thick, and the guitar will sound dead. Too thin, and you won't get enough protection from everyday use. Plus the wood might move or warp if the wood doesn't have enough protection. The right thickness provides the best in protection while still offering great tone that will improve as the guitar ages. The natural aging process found in solid wood guitars results in an improvement in the tone and sound of your guitar. Having just the right thickness in the finish and the right hardness gives the guitar a percussive, projecting pleasing tone.

POLISHED THIN GLOSS FINISH

This is the shiny finish. PARKWOOD finish job consist of 9~10 thin coats, each finely sanded before the next is applied. This finish leaves a thin, hard finish that allows the wood to vibrate freely, and possibly The hardest and most best looking. This type of finish really brings out the natural beauty in the wood. It also requires more care from the player as dings and dents are more easily seen on this type of finish. It applied to all models in upcoming Parkwood 5 series.

And More

Grover Tuners

Parkwood Guitars feature a high quality Grover tuning machine with a 14:1 gear ratio for solid tuning action. The Ebony Like Keys offer an elegant professional look with superior comfort when tuning. The key has an inset screw for a wide degree of tuner tension that the player can set to their liking.

Ernie Ball Everlast Medium Light Phosper Bronze (12-54)

DELUXE GIG BAG

Our deluxe gig bag features a rugged poly exterior, double pockets, extra large accessory and string pocket and a built in organizer. The construction is extra thick with up to 25mm of padding. The double back pack style straps make for an easily carried backpack type bag. Interior is a brushed cloth lining with protection for the bridge and neck. A Velcro neck cradle securely holds the guitar in place while in travel. 2 tone exterior gives it a modern attractive look. A very well thought out bag that will protect your Parkwood Guitar for years and years.