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Spruce-Top Weissenborn from Bediaz

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bamboleo
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I was searching the www for a good beginners' Weissenborn and found these guys:
http://www.bediaz-music.de/
Reasonable price made me offer a baritone slideguitar from them. Already arrived, love it.
Now i am looking forward to buy the beau with the german spruce top for 400 EU. But i don't know the difference between mahogany ( in the previous Bediaz models) and spruce in sound. So what's the point in these wood differences?


   
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dogbite
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spruce is the wood used most often on the top (sound board) of the guitar. it is a beautiful sounding tone wood.
mahogany, walnut, maple, and others are woods used for the back and sides of guitars. each type of wood has tonal characteristics that builders select when they want a particular sound.

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Steinar Gregertsen
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Spruce has a harder, more direct and "snappy" tone than Mahogany, which tends to be softer and warmer. At least that's my experience after having weisses with both Spruce and Mahogany tops. My personal preference is definitely Spruce, it responds better to the dynamics of my playing plus it develops over time. My Lazy River weissenborn with Spruce top and Walnut back and sides just keeps getting better over the years.
That said,- nothing is carved in stone, a good luthier can take various types of wood and 'manipulate' it to get close to the type of tone he's looking for...

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bamboleo
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OK... here she is now. Bought the Bediaz-Music spruce top Weissenborn.
Awesome sound, beautiful looks and so nice playability.

By the way: I had the opportunity to test some mahogany and spruce instruments. There's truly a big difference between those! :shock:


   
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Steinar Gregertsen
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Congrats, glad you enjoy it! The weissenborn is such a fascinating instrument, it has a "mystique" that is trult unique.
As I mentioned in my other post,- Spruce seem to develop more over time than many other woods, so your new weiss should only sound better and better over the years... :)

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