A Closer Look - The New 'Tonewood Vault' / by Tom Sands

Ever wanted to look inside a luthier’s prized wood stash? We often find ourselves crafting 12 new guitars in our heads before breakfast when so many delicious pieces of wood are on offer to eye up in the shop. We wanted to extend the hand of imagination to our readers, and photograph each set of wood in our stash so they’re at your fingertips to dream about (and, of course, to reserve for your own dream guitar).

Daisy preparing this particular set of Brazilian Rosewood for the camera.

Daisy preparing this particular set of Brazilian Rosewood for the camera.

We have some ridiculous sets from some top notch suppliers - see below a gorgeous set of Koa from Elaine and Josh at Koa Guitar Sets (@koatonewood on instagram). Josh and his family have been in the wood business for many years, and personally sources the wood he supplies from his native Hawaiian soils, bringing them back to England and passing them to the eager hands of luthiers all around the world. Here are a few teasers, although we’ve left some of the other really special stuff as a surprise for password holders…

Hawaiian Koa

Hawaiian Koa

Quilted Mahogany from ‘The Tree’

Quilted Mahogany from ‘The Tree’

Madagascar Rosewood four piece back

Madagascar Rosewood four piece back

Madagascar Rosewood

Madagascar Rosewood

To preserve this excellent visual diet and maintain exclusivity, the Wood Vault is password protected. If you count yourself a loyal TS supporter please get in touch for the super secretive password. Spoiler alert, it isn’t ‘PrincessJuno’ although we did consider it…

These are woods that Tom has collected since returning from California, and the Wood Vault represents a personal collection of his ‘must haves’ over those years. They have been purchased because they have spoken to him, rather than been brought in as stock. Some woods Tom cannot envisage ever building with; but as many luthiers will attest to, some pieces of wood you just have to have.

What else do you want to see in the Tonewood Vault? Get in touch if you think a particularly handsome breed of wood is missing from our collection. If you see your dream piece of wood here, would you put it on a Model S, M or L? With what specifications? Get those imaginations running… the wilder the better, we’d love to hear about it.