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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). 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 a standard offering.
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.