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THE WOOD BANK

a world of tone awaits

 
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RESPONSIBLY SOURCED

We are committed to using old-growth timbers that don't rely on plantations. As such, all of the woods used in constructing our guitars have been sourced in such a way as to not damage existing ecosystems.

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THE RAREST. THE BEST.

We are proud to have an exclusive agreement with The Wood Bank, which supplies us with the incredible tonewoods you can see in our guitars. Our prized collection is held in a secure, climate-controlled vault, waiting to be selected for your next incredible build.

 

TONEWOOD

Ancient Sitka Spruce

SOUNDBOARD

There is a reason why this soundboard is reserved solely for the pinnacle of our guitars, The Legacy series. At nearly 3,000 years old, this spruce is truly incredible to behold and to hear in a finished guitar, and comes complete with a carbon dating certificate.

Alaskan

Sitka Spruce 

SOUNDBOARD

Not to be outdone by other spruce varieties, Alaskan Sitka spruce is a wonderfully versatile soundboard material that provides that classic acoustic guitar look of a beautiful straight grain top.

Black & White Ebony

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD, BODY CAP

An inspiring wood to look at, and no two are alike. We favour this tonewood on our high-end acoustic's because it looks and sounds the business.

Macassar Ebony

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD, BODY CAP

A mix of light and dark browns can often be found in this tonewood, however, we are fortunate to have the rarer darker sets. An all-rounder much like rosewood, Macassar Ebony also has the tendency to continue to evolve over the years.

Quilted Big-Leaf Maple

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD, BODY CAP,

ELECTRIC BODY

The undulating waves of quilted maple give the impression of a wonderfully smooth velvet sheet and is an absolute joy to see and hear. Being a maple, it is on the brighter side tonally, and so can often be used as an electric body cap to create a well-balanced sound.

Indian Rosewood

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD, BODY CAP

You may know Indian rosewood as just the straight-grained variety, but fortunately, we have a number of sets featuring intriguing and bewitching swirls and patterns. Tonally it is a rock-solid choice as has been demonstrated over the many decades of guitar making. 

Swamp Ash

ELECTRIC BODY

Guitars don't need to be heavy to have excellent tone and sustain, as this incredibly light tonewood proves. It has a wonderful grain pattern that you can show off, and being so light it is the ultimate partner for long gigs.

Malaysian Blackwood

BACK & SIDES, BODY CAP

With a subtle yet classy two-tone colour scheme that blends chocolatey browns with caramel, Malaysian Blackwood is a glassy tonewood that maintains excellent sustain thanks to its rigidity.

Sinker Redwood

SOUNDBOARD

As the name suggests, Sinker Redwood is reclaimed from trunks that found their way to the bottom of rivers a few hundred years ago. Luckily for us, they were found because this is an exceptional soundboard material which has warmth and clarity in equal measures.

'The Tree' Highly Quilted Mahogany

BACK & SIDES, BODY CAP

There is much mystery and myth that surrounds the origin of 'The Tree' and it's exquisite highly quilted mahogany. This prized tonewood which is comparable to Brazilian Rosewood in all of the right ways, and looks incredible. 

Cocobolo

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD, BODY CAP

A lovely rich brown palette accompanies Cocobolo, and this increasingly difficult to acquire wood has excellent rigidity, a good marker for acoustic projection and tonal clarity. 

Quilted Mahogany

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD, BODY CAP

Mahogany has long been associated with quality and luxury, and quilted mahogany takes this to another level. Expect tones on the warmer side of things, perfect for that vintage feel.

Brazilian Kingwood

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD, VENEER

Kingwood is a true rosewood from the Dalbergia cearensis genus, which gives it substantial credibility as a tonewood. When used in an acoustic guitar expect elegant looks matched equally by elegant, smooth tone.

Straight

Mahogany

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD, VENEER, NECK, ELECTRIC BODY

Not all Mahogany is the same, and we are proud to use only old-growth Honduran Mahogany because of its excellent stability and warmth. 

Alder

ELECTRIC BODY

Very similar to the light and open Swamp Ash, Alder has a pleasant pronounced mid-section whilst also accommodating for bright highs and well-rounded lows.

Birdseye Maple

NECK, FINGERBOARD, BODY CAP

An excellent choice for a fingerboard as it brings sophistication and texture like no other. 

Adirondack

Spruce

SOUNDBOARD

If you're looking for the gold standard of a high-end, refined acoustic tone, look no further than Adirondack. It is a soundboard that wakes up over the years that you play it, so you'll always find something new to love about your tone.

Brazilian Rosewood

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD

This tonewood is notoriously hard to get and difficult to work with. However, all the effort is worth it because you get a tone that is second to none. The best of the best, period.

Ziricote

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD, BODY CAP

Each piece of Ziricote looks like a carefully made sculpture and is a favourite of ours when used as either a cap for an electric or back & sides for an acoustic. A guitar with this tonewood certainly won't be lacking in bass or clarity.

Bocote

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD, BODY CAP

Warm in appearance and also tonally, Bocote hails from Mexico & South America. The intricate tight patterns make it an excellent choice for an electric guitar body cap or acoustic guitar back & sides.

Figured Blackwood

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD, VENEER,

ELECTRIC BODY

Our figured blackwood hails from the Otway Ranges and is the pride and joy of Australian tonewoods. Featuring exquisite tight flame and a deep burnt orange colour it produces tones that are lively without being too bright.

Flamed Big-Leaf Maple

BACK & SIDES, FINGERBOARD, VENEER,

NECK, ELECTRIC BODY

There is just something special about flamed maple and guitars, particularly when treated to a wonderful hand-stained finish. Much like quilted maple, the flamed variety has a lovely bright quality.

Amboyna Burl

BODY CAP

If you're looking for a rich statement piece for the top of your guitar, look no further than Amboyna Burl! Check out our Orion page to see a previous build that made excellent use of this beautiful wood.

Buckeye Burl

BODY CAP

A work of modern art in each piece, Buckeye Burl is a standout piece for any electric guitar top, just look at the Flying V we made as part of The Evolution series.

Factory 12

756 Burwood Highway

Ferntree Gully

Victoria 3156

Australia

0434 211 898

info@rubenguitars.com.au

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