Body Materials & Appointments
For acoustic guitars, Mahogany is a top choice for the back and sides of the guitar. It provides a bright, resonant and detailed tone to the overall sound of the guitar. Two types of Mahogany are used for Voyage-Air guitars: Select Mahogany, and Solid Mahogany.
Select Mahogany is a specially-bonded tone wood designed for strength and stability. Layers of fine Mahogany are joined with a unique high-temperature bonding agent that allows this wood to be "curved" under heat and pressure. This makes it ideal for the back and sides of a guitar: the rounded shapes are extremely stable as manufactured, and are resistant to changes in heat and humidity. Select Mahogany is also more durable, making it an ideal choice for a travel guitar. Select Mahogany is used for the Voyage-Air Transit Series and Songwriter Series guitars.
The Solid Mahogany used for Voyage-Air guitars is from East Africa, from a specific species of the Mahogany family noted for its strength, stability and resonance when used as a guitar tone wood. When used for the back and sides of a guitar, this Mahogany flatters the middle and upper ranges of the sound. Individual notes, as well as strummed chords have a distinct harmonic clarity. Solid Mahogany is only used for the Voyage-Air Premier series guitars.
Native to the tropical regions of Brazil and India, Rosewood is the tone wood of choice for the back and sides of high-end, 'cost is no object' guitars. Noted for its depth of resonance, guitars built with Rosewood back and sides have a distinctive sound signature. Solid Rosewood affords an extra presence to bass notes and their related harmonics, giving an acoustic guitar a full, rich sound. Solid Rosewood is more sensitive to temperature and humidity extremes than Solid Mahogany. While great for sound, it is also not as durable as Mahogany. If you're going to use a guitar under rough conditions, Solid Rosewood may not be the best choice for the back and sides of a guitar.
The Fretboard is the wood behind the frets of the guitar. All Voyage-Air guitars use Solid Rosewood for the Fretboard. The Fretboard of all Voyage-Air guitars feature easy-to-see position markers, so you can quickly determine your playing position as you form chords and notes up the neck of the instrument.
The Bridge is the component where the strings attach into the body of the guitar. All Voyage-Air guitars use Solid Rosewood for the Bridge. When used for the bridge, Rosewood provides strength and beauty to the instrument.
All Voyage-Air guitars feature a "compensated bridge." This preserves the intonation of each individual string, so all notes remain in tune as you play higher notes up the neck. The Voyage-Air Premier Series guitars feature a natural Bone saddle for the best possible tone and resonance.