Western Redcedar

Western Redcedar (Thuja plicata) comes from the Pacific Northwest. It has a uniform warm color that ranges from reddish brown to chocolate brown. It has straight grain and doesn't exhibit medullary silking.

The wood is softer and not as strong or elastic as spruce. It can be scarred easily, but it is less sensitive to changes in humidity.

Redcedar's sound is balanced and slightly woody-warm and rich with bright trebles and strong overtones. Used most often on classical guitars or fingerstyle guitars with light gauge steel strings. Redcedar responds easily and with good volume to a light attack. It is well suited to open tunings and doesn't need to be broken-in like a spruce guitar. Redcedar does break up when overdriven, making it a poor choice for heavy rhythm playing.