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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.
If you are lucky I may have a guitar for sale available immediately.
The guitars very responsive and have a warm, clear, clean and sweet sound, similar to my mandolins (or so I have been told). My ears (and other musicians) tell me that they are amongst some the best of the hand made small bodied guitars.
Finish: I prefer a varnish finish both for sound and beauty, but it is a delicate finish that dents easily, and does not have a high gloss. It is also a lot more work, particularly on a guitar. I use nitrocellulose lacquer on the guitar body because it is much harder and tougher than varnish and is easy to get a smooth flat shiny finish that most guitar players expect. The neck has a varnish finish simply because varnish feels so much better under the hands. A full varnish finish is available as a special request.
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. For flat picking I recommend Red Spruce. Carpathian or Red Spruce for finger pickers. Red Spruce has more headroom than Carpathian, so will respond to the pick more, but it does take significantly more time to mature. There is not a lot of difference in sound. Carpathian has a slightly warmer and "finer" sound. 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 Spruce - very fine sound, quick to mature, smaller head room. Tasmanaian Oak - think warm, sweet tone, more fundamental. Indian Rosewood, richness of tone, lots of overtones