In guitar making, the importance of the choice of materials is paramount. Wood, a living material which represents 95% of the material present on an acoustic guitar, must be carefully selected by the luthier.
As much for the acoustic aspect as for the mechanical stability of the instrument, the wood used must fulfill certain criteria.
Before being stabilized and usable, a piece of wood must dry between two to three years at controlled humidity, after that, the luthier can begin to work it. It is thanks to this process that a custom acoustic guitar guarantees stability and durability.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case in the industry for the sake of efficiency. Often on the instruments of major brands, there are problems related to poor selection or poor drying of the wood used. This usually results in deformations of parts that can lead to expensive repairs or even make the instrument unusable.
The stock of wood of a luthier must therefore have enough inventory to be able to rotate. In order to be able to offer different types of wood to its clientele, it is important to always have wood ready to be used while others will continue to dry.