Sitka Spruce is the most well-rounded tone wood and is used on more guitar tops than any other wood. This is due to the tonal qualities and sonic projection of spruce. It has a nice even tone and does not accentuate any frequency above another in an overpowering way. Spruce also has a strong attack and does not get muddy at high volumes. This makes it a very versatile wood and makes those players with soft touches sound great and people playing with other instruments cut through the mix.
The auditorium body shape is probably the newest body shape for acoustic guitars. The auditorium takes elements that players love from various other shapes and combines them into a single body. The sound will be slightly different than a dreadnought and will scoop some of the mid range but it maintains the full dreadnought sound. It has a skinnier waist, much like a grand concert. This allows the guitar to rest lower on a player's thigh when sitting down and does not put as much strain on the shoulder. It's not hard to see why auditoriums have gained popularity so quickly.
Fishman's PRESYS+ preamp is designed to make your Teton guitar sound as great amplified as it does when you play it acoustically. The PRESYS+ has a three band EQ that allows you to fine-tune your tone and adapt to any situation you are in. The PRESYS+ also has Notch, Brilliance and Phase adjustments. This preamp is paired with a Fishman Sonicore pickup to reproduce your amazing natural Teton tone when plugging in.
This is the best acoustic I have ever played in this price range. I found this beauty in a local music store for a killer price.
It has great projection and tone in the small Grand Concert package. Definitely worth the asking price at the store so I couldn’t pass it up.
A few corrections to the above specs run down:
1) The finish is NOT gloss on this cedar top. I would call it a natural finish.
2) The specs list “Nut, Saddle: Bone”… the STG105NT Grand concert that I just bought new in 2015 came with what appears to be a bone Nut but a plastic Saddle. This guitar already sounds great so I don’t even plan to necessarily change out the saddle for a bone one. I may, however, switch out the bridge pins in the near future.
Great guitar for a great price!
Bottom line, I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
It’s an unfortunate stereotype these days that the highest quality guitars are the ones that cost you the most. Teton shatters this mold by producing solid top instruments that honestly sound better than any other guitar at double or even triple its meager $600 price tag.
I’ve played Martins, Taylors, Gibsons… all of the supposed top brands in acoustics. In all cases, they either played terribly or sounded tinny and weak. This isn’t the case with my Teton. Even without using the very discreet electronics, this thing really fills the room. The resonance is outstanding and the neck is fast and easy to use for those quick bluegrass licks.
You don’t have to use up your life savings for a quality acoustic electric that will last you a lifetime. You just need to know where to look for a Teton.
I have been playing acoustic guitar for the last 11 years. I currently own four guitars. My most recent addition was a Teton STS100CENT-12. I must say that it is one of my favorite guitars to play. The sound is rich and full and I enjoy strumming my favorite songs. I have also been able to fingerpick several songs and they sound great. I would highly recommend this guitar to anyone that desires the unique music that a 12 string creates. It sounds great, plays well, holds a tune, has a wonderful price without breaking the bank and begs you to play it. The built in tuner is an added bonus. Teton rocks!
I love my STEU102 Teton ukulele! You should buy one today. I’m a casual uke player and I only play for myself and sometimes for my wife but my Teton uke is the best. First of all, it’s beautiful and well built. As a solid body, I don’t have to worry too much about hurting it and the master builders @ Teton chose the most colorful wood. Friends are always complimenting on its rich colors.
Great workmanship but, for me, it’s all about the sound. Without plugging in I get a small sweet sound (good for practice) and when I plug in to any amp or Garageband, I can really rock. It’s great to have options. Sure, I can do the strum strum Tip Toe thru the Tulips thing but I can also do Crazy Train.
Thanks Teton for a crazy great uke.
I currently have 15 guitars in my stable. They range from a 1930’s regal to a couple of high end classicals. I have been playing the guitar for more than 50 years.
I must admit I had never heard of the Teton brand before and my instrument supplier told me I should pick this instrument up and listen to it. I was so surprised at its sound even tone and, in general, how easy it plays. I have had, made for me, custom guitars over the years. This Teton guitar is right up there with the tone, fit and finish as some of those instruments.
Congratulations on a guitar that almost anyone can afford, with voice and playability of a much more expensive guitar.