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Apologies for the "performance", I am not a guitar player, but listen to me doodling on a Red Spruce/Tasmanian Oak guitar. I love this guitar, but my limited abilities does not do it justice. I am using only a small part of it's huge dynamic range, but at least it does give some idea of the sound.
Also listen to a Carpathian Spruce/Rosewood guitar. A different sound that I really like. This was recorded when the guitar was only 2 weeks old.
Listen to a Red Spruce/Mahogany guitar. I love the warm sound of Mahogany.
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The guitars very responsive and have a warm, clear, clean and sweet sound, similar to my mandolins (or so I have been told). Other comments I have had are that they are very evenly balanced across the strings and up the neck. My ears (and other musicians) tell me that they are amongst some of the best sounding of the hand made small bodied guitars.
Finish: I prefer a varnish finish both for sound and beauty, but it is a softer finish that dents rather than scratches. It is also a lot more work, particularly on a guitar. However, I have so many comments from people on how much they like my varnish finishes that I have switched to varnish on the guitars as the standard offering. Varnish does give a slightly warmer and looser sound on a new guitar that I do prefer.
Wood choice: The possibilities are endless, and is several lifetimes work, but I am trying to narrow the choices to woods I know work well in my instruments. Red Spruce has more headroom than Carpathian, but it does take significantly more time to mature. Carpathian has a slightly warmer sound as does Engelmann Spruce. For the back, Tasmanian Oak is similar to Mahogany i.e. warmer tone, but it also has excellent clarity. So summarising - Red Spruce, think big headroom, long time to mature. Carpathian or Engelmann Spruce - very fine sound, quick to mature, smaller head room. Tasmanian Oak or Mahogany - think warm, sweet tone, more fundamental. Indian Rosewood, richness of tone, lots of overtones and more sparkle in the treble. At the moment I am using mostly Red Spruce for tops because I like the big sound I get from it.