TonewoodWelcome back to our second installment on explaining the names of our Teton Guitars.

The second number will tell you what wood is used on the back and sides of the instrument. If the first number starts with 1 then you know that the back and sides are laminate. A 2 or 3 tells you that the back and sides are solid. Using a number in this manner has pigeon-holed us into being able to use only 10 different types of wood. We have solved that by adding a back and side wood code right after the 3rd number. The example to that is the STS130FMNT. Here, the FM stands for Flame Maple. For now, this model and the Teton acoustic bass use this specific code. But that allows us to use other wood types and still use the 3 as the second number. Here is a current list of back and side woods with their code number.

  1. Mahogany
  2. Ovangkol
  3. Walnut
  4. Flame Maple (this number can be other wood types as needed by adding the wood code after the 3rd)
  5. Not used yet
  6. Rosewood
  7. Not used yet
  8. Koa
  9. Ebony
  10. Not used yet

The third or last number lets you know what wood type was used on the top of the instrument.

0- Spruce

3- Mahogany

5- Cedar

The “C” after the numbers informs you there is a cut-away. If there is not a “C”, then there’s no cut away. Easy enough, right?

The “E” after the “C” means the guitar has electronics in the guitar. Some Teton guitars have an “E” without having a “C”. This just means that the guitar has electronics but no cut-away.

“NT” indicates that the guitar has a natural finish and the wood grain shows. Some woods are stained, but the stain is uniform across the entire piece and the wood grain can be seen. The color code can indicate just the top. For instance the STS100DVS has a Dark Vintage Sunburst, but only on the top. The back and sides still show a natural mahogany. “BK” would be a black finish. There can be any number of color codes for the acoustic guitars, and the best way to figure out what the color code means is to look at the guitar. If you see a “BL” and the guitar is blue, then the chances are quite high that the “BL” stands for blue.

Please send any questions or comments to ben@tetonguitars.com.

Thank you!

Ben