I'm considering a pair of guitars--one with a spruce top and the other a cedar top. I've read a little here and there about each but want to hear what the board has to say, especially the moderators.
Thanks for any input guys!
I don't claim any special expertise here, but as long as you're looking at a solid top you should be in good shape. Spruce should create a brighter tone and cedar a mellower tone. At least that's what I read. My acoustic has a spruce top. I've never played one with a cedar top but a lot of people play Seagulls. They typically have cedar tops. Cedar's also a softer wood. It might be more likely to show a mark, but that's not that important. It's the tone you should consider. I'd suggest you play both types and see which sound is more to your liking.
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It depends on what you like.. I would take a few strums on both to see which one you like the tone of. Both will get a little mellower with age. I have a Spruce top guitar that I love the tone.. but I recently had a chance to play a friends Seagull which had a Cedar top and it did have a slightly mellower tone to it. Again as long as it is a solid top guitar it comes down to what one you like better.
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That is really what I just discovred. There are no seagulls here to try but I did try a Yamaha, Alverez, Martin, & Taylor. They were all different and it all boiled down to the tone I liked at the end. I opted for the spruce Taylor in the end. Not the real expensive ones, 210, but I am happy with the choice and the sound and that is all that matters.
While your considering two guitars with differnt woods, you might check out a mahogany top, I hear it has a warmer sound, check out the martin D-15 I've liked the ones I've played, some say this is one of the better values in the Martin line not too expensive. it has a solid top. sides and back. Wish I could afford two guitars, sounds like your going to have fun shopping, take your time half the fun is in the hunt.
Thanks fellas--I'll let ya know when I decide which one to purchase in a month or two. I'm doing my research and will try several guitars; even those I can't afford. :D