Which Guitars Are Compatible With the ToneWoodAmp?

Modified on: Mon, 14 May, 2018 at 10:53 AM


Most Steel and Nylon Strings Acoustic, and Electric-Acoustic guitars and basses with a flat or slightly arched back (not an Ovation) are compatible with the ToneWoodAmp and the Magnetic X-Brace.




A pickup is required! For those who don’t have an electric-acoustic guitar, we offer two high quality “technician-free” pickup bundles: a Fishman Neo-D sound hole magnetic pickup (for steel string guitars) and the Kremona NG-1 tie-bar piezo pickup (for nylon string guitars). Please check the Order page for these bundles.


Full body acoustic archtop jazz guitar and other f-hole instruments


Full body Archtop jazz guitars with f-holes may sound lovely with the ToneWoodAmp (depends also on the natural tone of the guitar) but due to the no-sound-hole limitation it is not possible to install it with the Magnetic X-Brace. We are exploring other harnessing options for f-hole instruments.


At this time, a temporary solution such as 3M Blue Painter Tape might work to hold the ToneWoodAmp to the guitar.


Thin body acoustic guitars


You may be able to use a thin-body guitar, but the installation of the Magnetic X-Brace can be very difficult due to lack of space. The same will be true for most baritone ukulele and small body guitars such as the Cordoba SM CE Mini.


Semi-acoustic electric guitars


Godin Multiac, and Taylor T5 Series guitars perform poorly with the ToneWoodAmp


Not suitable for use with the ToneWoodAmp


•      Guitars with a nonstandard or very small sound hole. (Baby Taylor, Little Martin, ½ and ¾ size guitars)

•      Guitars with no sound hole

•      Thin body guitars

•      Guitars with an irregular back surface or shape (inside or outside). **A slightly arched back may be okay.**



Guitars that are known to be incompatible with the TWA


•      Baby Taylor

•      Most Ovation Guitars