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trivium91

 

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Cedar vs Spruce 

Hey Guys, what is your preferred material for the soundboard and why? Assuming all other materials are the same what would you choose for the soundboard and why?
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constructordeguitarras

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to trivium91

They're both good. It's a matter of what kind of sound the guitarist wants. While talking (or writing) about sound qualities is to me a bit like dancing about architecture, I would say that spruce gives a brighter more focused tone, whereas cedar gives a mellower kind of sound. But I'm a reticent curmudgeon and I'm pretty sure others will have more to say about it.

Since I play the flamenco guitar as well as build them, and spruce gives the kind of sound I usually prefer, that has been my preferred material.

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to trivium91

Spruce, is always my preferred choice.

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trivium91

 

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to constructordeguitarras

Interesting, I have a spruce classical guitar that I converted for flamenco use and a cordoba f7 Paco. I hate how hollow the spruce one sounds compared to how full the Paco f7 sounds. Is a hollow sound typical of spruce top or does it really depend on how the guitar is made?
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tri7/5

 

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to trivium91

I think cedar topped blancas are especially very nice. You get a little bit of a different color to them than the typical Spruce. They are a bit more "smokey" for lack of a better term. I also find them to be more rich in harmonics and slightly lower in attack than a spruce top.
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constructordeguitarras

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to trivium91

I think it depends on how the guitar is made. And the differences are subtle enough that a good maker may be able to overcome them.

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trivium91

 

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to constructordeguitarras

So would you guys say hammer on and legatos are louder or more pronounced on a spruce soundboard ? I’ve never tried a Blanca or a spruce top flamenco guitar as I just have the one, but I’m really curious to try one. I feel my legatos or hammer ons could be louder or project better. Is this a result of rosewood sides and cedar top or is it just my technique? The one thing I noticed with the cedar top is the slightly grainy yet silky texture like graphite on a convas in the guitar tone that microphones don’t really seem to pick up. Ii fell in love with that particular straight from day one. Though ive never tried a flamenca Blanca.

I guess what I’m really asking is what responds better to a light touch or which is more responsive? Cedar or Spruce?
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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Jul. 31 2022 15:50:34
 
constructordeguitarras

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to trivium91

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So would you guys say hammer on and legatos are louder or more pronounced on a spruce soundboard ?

This calls to my mind how makers who don't know how to make a loud guitar are always looking for a gimmick, such as an open harmonic bar or a double top. Play a good hand-made guitar and you will see the huge difference between it and a factory made guitar, regardless of the woods used.

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to trivium91

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ORIGINAL: trivium91

Hey Guys, what is your preferred material for the soundboard and why? Assuming all other materials are the same what would you choose for the soundboard and why?


Cedar vs Spruce





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Richard Jernigan

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to constructordeguitarras

I have both classicals and flamencos in both cedar and spruce. I like them all. The loudest classical is cedar. The "warmest" classical is spruce. The classical with the widest tonal variety is spruce.

Two of the flamencas are spruce: one is the loudest, the other is the "growliest." But of the three, a lot of people prefer the cedar one.

Each wood may tend to have its own character, but the way the instrument is built has the strongest influence on the result, in my opinion.

Paco de Lucia: Conde Hermanos, Manolo Sanlucar: Jose Ramirez III.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 1 2022 19:49:48
 
trivium91

 

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to Richard Jernigan

I really like Granainas and I think cedar works really well for it. So why is it so hard to find a cedar blanca though?

Im just guitar shopping, trying to set myself a goal since I currently have the Cordoba F7 Paco, I really like it but can't help but wonder how a blanca would feel. Plus I feel like im somehow missing out on something since its a student guitar. At any rate not looking to buy something right away, but rather set a purchase goal when im done the Laga Flamenco program.
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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to trivium91

If you like cedar, a guitar just like Manolo’s above for sale for 4.8kE. Listen to the video, it is a good deal IMO.:

https://www.flamencoguitarsforsale.net/guitarras-jose-ramirez/guitarra-flamenca-jose-ramirez-1980-14594-2/

Here is spruce top, but a super deal:
https://www.danzeffguitars.com/productpages/flamenco-guitars-1971-Hermanos-Conde-Green-Label-Spain-559.cfm

And last, exactly what you want (cypress and spruce), but it is at normal price of 5K.

https://www.danzeffguitars.com/productpages/flamenco-guitars-1972-Jose-Ramirez-Flamenco-wpegs-Spain-520.cfm

If you are not willing to invest in those, nor a brand new luthier made guitar (I recommend Ethan make you one, his guitars are great), then keep what you have and save money.

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Aug. 16 2022 15:54:59
 
trivium91

 

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to Ricardo

interesting, what would Ethan charge? Im assuming this is Ethan Deutsch in Seattle. I noticed his flamenco guitars on the website have tuning pegs that are not inlayed in the headstock like a classical, why are these made this way?
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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to trivium91

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ORIGINAL: trivium91

interesting, what would Ethan charge? Im assuming this is Ethan Deutsch in Seattle. I noticed his flamenco guitars on the website have tuning pegs that are not inlayed in the headstock like a classical, why are these made this way?


He already replied to you above. He is on this board.
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trivium91

 

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to tri7/5

Ahh you are right, actually I found some of his pricing on his website.
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mark indigo

 

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to trivium91

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I really like Granainas and I think cedar works really well for it.


a cedar blanca for granainas? what about tarantas, maybe a cedar negra? and how about a spruce blanca for siguiriyas, a spruce negra for solea, a spruce maple for bulerias, a cedar maple for tangos.... where will it end?

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trivium91

 

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to mark indigo

Fair point, though wonder if owning both is such a bad idea.
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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to trivium91

are U a troll?
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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to mark indigo

quote:

a cedar blanca for granainas? what about tarantas, maybe a cedar negra? and how about a spruce blanca for siguiriyas, a spruce negra for solea, a spruce maple for bulerias, a cedar maple for tangos.... where will it end?


Talk about all over the map: Blanca, Negra, Spruce, Cedar--all depending on which palo he is playing. Hey, here's an idea. Perhaps he should get a luthier to make him a guitar with papier-maché sides and back a la Antonio de Torres's 1862 experimental model with interchangeable soundboards of spruce and cedar that can be put in place or removed depending on the palo.

Bill

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constructordeguitarras

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to BarkellWH

Hey, we luthiers need customers with that take. My most recent customer was buying his 6th handmade guitar from me. The other five are from various makers. He "needs" two different guitars in each of the three rooms he plays in. I would encourage this.

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trivium91

 

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RE: Cedar vs Spruce (in reply to Morante

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ORIGINAL: Morante

are U a troll?


Absolutely not, just someone who is passionate about flamenco and has an open mind. I would own 10 guitars if I could. Its not so far fetched to the point where I should be accused of being a troll. Think about it...

People buy:
-Multiple vehicles in the family for different purposes
-Multiple pairs of headphones for different genres
-Multiple tools for different jobs (does a mechanic use a Swiss army knife)


I simply proposed owning both a negra and blanca, not far fetched at all...open your mind a little before you judge.
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