Post by Greg Ballantyne on Aug 18, 2017 21:07:52 GMT -5
There are differences in sound with secondary tonewoods, and there are differences in sound with secondary laminate tonewoods. One of the better examples of the latter I can think of are Seagull guitars. Seagull cherry laminates have their unique tonal qualities, just as Seagull walnut laminates do. You would not mistake one for the other. The same is true with the example of the two Taylor guitars I have, which don't use laminates.
Of course the contribution of the secondary tonewood is more of an application on the top wood, or a flavoring of the top wood, which is the main factor.
Descriptive words trying to describe sound are never very successful.....
In order of appearance: Aria LW-20 Seagull Maritime HG Dread Seagull Natural Elements Cedar/Cherry Dread Taylor 418e Taylor 514ce LTD Trinity College TM-375 Irish Bouzouki
Maybe all solid wood guitars, have a different tone/sound, compared with guitars with solid top and laminate back and sides, when strummed hard, when fingerpicked very little or no difference in Sound/tone.
I'm not sure if I understand this statement. But, if there was supposed to be a "but" before the "when fingerpicked" part.......you're kidding right? But again, I'm not sure if I'm understanding what you meant to say here.
===================================== One Alvarez in the hand is worth two Taylors and a Martin in the guitar store!
Interestingly, I prefer rosewood b/s laminates over solid wood, while I have a tendency to prefer solid mahogany b/s. I also like many laminated maple jumbo guitars.
I have an aversion for overtones when strumming , preferring the clear, uncomplicated, and "in-your-face" sounds - But only when strumming. (My preference - Many of my friends, who are great players, love the overtones!). I think the laminated construction has a dampening effect on rosewood, which sounds very nice to my ears.
For fingerstyle, intricate pieces, and lead work, the overtones sound nice. They seem to fill the gaps, without the player necessarily playing another note!
There are so many ways to peel an onion in guitar building - A bit like wine making, or developing a blend of coffee! Each has their preference, and its what makes it fun!