There has always been a lot of discussion and lots of mystery behind the subject of tonewoods in guitar building. That is, how does the wood used in building a guitar affect its sound and overall quality.
The Fender Custom Shop has a Youtube channel with a good number of videos.
Fender’s Mike Eldred goes into a lot of detail about the standard woods used in the construction of Fender guitars and basses. He also talks about why you might choose one wood over another and how one cut of wood is not like another.
This series is well worth watching.
Tone Woods Part 1 of 3 – Philosophy
Tone Woods Part 2 of 3 – Bodies
Tone Woods Part 3 of 3 – Necks