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Poplar Body Electric Guitars

Poplar is regarded as a great alternative for Alder, with similarly balanced tonal characteristics. The lighter feel, subtler grain and cheaper cost of Poplar makes it synonymous with affordable guitars, but it’s also used in some premium instruments.

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Poplar Body Electric Guitars

A variety of instrument brands use Poplar to construct the bodies of their electric guitars. Often compared to Alder from a sonic perspective, Poplar provides an even tone with excellent clarity in the upper mid-range. It also has a forgiving weight, meaning that guitars constructed from Poplar will have a light and ergonomic feel.

The likes of Squier, Jackson and Eastcoast use Poplar extensively in their solid-body models. However, Gibson also employs Poplar to construct the bodies of their semi-hollow ES-335 guitars. Poplar typically has a plain grain pattern, meaning that manufacturers will usually paint over the material or apply a veneer on top of it.