Maple is a wood that divides opinion amongst acoustic guitarists with almost surgical precision. "It's too bright, There's no bass, it's too trebly, it's sterile" etc are accusations often levelled at this superb wood.
Cheerfully I say unto you "Bollocks".
I've been fortunate to play some utterly mind-bending maple instruments that effortlessly shattered my own preconceptions. These admittedly, were rooted in a diet of 1990s Taylor, Gibson, Guild and Takamine guitars accompanied by fatuous truisms along the lines of "Maple is a great wood for electro acoustics but for a real guitar you need mahogany or, even better, rosewood."
In this, the latest video in my tonewood series, I take a look at the joys of maple steel-string guitars for the fingerstyle instrumentalist. I hope you enjoy it!
Until next time stay tuned!