Standard back and side materials
The top may be the 'vocal chords' of the guitar, but the back and sides help shape the tone and body of the sound.
Indian Rosewood is the densest of the materials offered on the Standard Model. This wood offers a strong bass response with abundant highs. The lower frequencies provide warmth and sustain while the higher frequencies offer a sparkling brightness that 'wettens' the sound almost mimicking reverb. It’s colour ranges from burgundy to brown and over time, oxidization will darken the wood. It is a handsome, stable material that is widely used by instrument makers today.
Indian Rosewood along with more than 250 species of the Dalbergia family were given Appendix II certification by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) effective January 2, 2017. The rosewood sets used by Park Guitars were imported to Canada in 2003 and are considered 'pre-convention' material. This supply is being inventoried and a has been presented to the Government of Canada for pre-convention permitting. It is legal to export guitars made with this material but there is some additional paperwork required for the process and anticipated increased fees for US Customs Clearance.
Big leaf maple
Maple projects strongest in the middle and upper midrange frequencies with relatively less bass and high frequency response than Rosewood or most other hard woods. Less bass response will limit the 'oomph' and sustain somewhat and without the strong high frequencies (reverb-like wetness) the sound is drier. This is precisely why people love maple: It produces a crisp, clean amber punch that optimally articulates each note. Not always the loudest guitar in the room, but often the easiest to pick out. It has a pale creamy colour with highlights of pink and tan and is complemented by ‘flame’ figuring which gives the material a luminescence and depth.