In this post we’ll explain how we build turn a piece of alder wood into one of our guitar bodies.
Moniker uses alder wood because of its unique weight to tone ratio. In other words, its a nice dense piece of wood which helps create tone but its not so heavy that it will break your shoulder. It also has a nice natural blond color that allows us to use lots of different colors of finish on the wood.
The wood arrives at Moniker is part of a 12 foot long board. It comes to us by way of the Pacific Northwest. When we receive it, we cut the board into smaller, roughly 2 foot sections. We then store it and allow it to dry for a period of time.
Two cut pieces are then selected to be glued together to give us the width needed for the body. Single pieces of alder wide enough to make the body are rare because it would require a very large tree. You can read more about this here.
Up next the glue-up will be shaped into a guitar body on the CNC machine. Read about that process here.