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Maples play an instrumental part in our lives - Original post 5/11/2011

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 2:20 PM

Maples play an "Instrumental" part in our lives

Amy: Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 3:47 PM

Maple Trees are an "Instrumental" Part of our lives!

Did you know that Maple is considered a Tonewood, or a wood that carries sound waves well, and is used in numerous musical instruments.

Maple is harder and has a brighter sound than Mahogany, which is the other major tonewood used in instrument manufacture. The back, sides, and neck of most violins, violas, cellos, double basses and many guitars are made from maple.

Electric Guitar necks are commonly made from maple. The necks of the Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster were originally an entirely maple one piece neck, but later were also available with Rosewood fingerboards. Maple fingerboards have a brighter sound than rosewood. The tops of Gibson's Les Paul's guitars are made from carved maple. Many Les Pauls have quilted or flamed maple tops, and these models are particularly prized by players and collectors. Very few solid body guitars are made entirely from maple, as it is considered too heavy. Many guitars do, however, have maple tops or veneers. Gibson uses laminated maple in the manufacture of many of its semi-hollowbody guitars. Maple is also often used to make basoons and sometimes for other woodwind instruments.

Many drums are made from maple. From the 70s to the 90s, maple drum kits were a vast majority of all drum kits made, but in recent years, Birch has become popular for drums once again. Some of the best drum-building companies use maple extensively throughout their mid-pro range. Maple drums are favored for their bright resonant sound.

That Maple sure sounds good to me!

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