Grand Auditorium – Padauk with Redwood
You can find this guitar at Area22Guitars. Check in with Eddie and go by and play this guitar. You will be impressed.
Padauk is a tropical hardwood known for its vibrant and striking appearance, as well as its potential as a tonewood for guitars. Although it is not as widely used as traditional tonewoods like mahogany or rosewood, padauk offers unique tonal qualities and visual appeal that make it an interesting choice for guitar construction. On the aesthetics side, Padauk is visually striking. Its vibrant color and often interlocking grain pattern can make for stunning guitars.
In terms of sound, Padauk is typically associated with bright, projecting midrange and a clear, balanced tone. It has similar density and hardness to Rosewood, which is another popular choice for guitar tonewood. The hardness of Padauk lends itself to a good sustain and crisp articulation, making it suitable for various styles of play, from fingerstyle to strumming.
When used in guitar bodies, Padauk can provide a nice balance of warmth and brightness, with the midrange slightly pronounced. For the back and sides of an acoustic guitar, Padauk can enhance the instrument’s resonance and overall projection.
Regarding the Redwood top, one of the key attributes of redwood is its responsiveness. It has a relatively low stiffness-to-weight ratio, allowing it to vibrate more easily and respond quickly to the player’s touch. This responsiveness enhances the guitar’s dynamic range, enabling it to produce a wide spectrum of tones from delicate and nuanced finger-picking to powerful strumming. This particular top is from reclaimed redwood.
- Padauk back and sides
- Redwood top
- Ebony binding and headcap
- BWBW trim on top and back
- Maple rosette, Maple G and Diamonds and Squares
- 1 ¾” neck, joined at the 13th fret,
- Three piece neck: Mahogany, Maple, Mahogany
- Open gear tuners with Ebony knobs