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Thread #100767   Message #2027897
Posted By: PoppaGator
17-Apr-07 - 12:41 PM
Thread Name: Wanted: Gibson J-45 or J-50
Subject: RE: Wanted: Gibson J-45 or J-50
Thanks for the opinions about different top woods. All I've known about tops is that they're usually spruce; I've never heard any discussion of the diiferences between Adirondack and Sitka, let alone any other alternative such as cedar.

I have gotten the general idea ~ maybe true, maybe false ~ that Adirondack spruce might be the most desirable, since it was once used almost exclusively for top-of-the-line guitars, and the alternatives have become more popular only after the Adirondack has become relatively rare and expensive.

The fact that the material used for back-and-sides is called "tonewood" sort of mitigates against serious consideration of the tonal attributes of the top wood ~ I'm sure that jumping to such a conclusion is quite wrong.