Western Red Cedar is a softer wood that has great warmth. Because of the warmth of cedar, it pairs very well with the human voice and is great for singer/songwriters. Cedar naturally amplifies quieter playing styles and is a favorite of fingerpickers.
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.
The Fishman ISYS+ works to complement the natural acoustic tone of your Teton guitar when you need to amplify it. This preamp, paired with the Fishman Sonicore pickup, will reproduce all the natural sonic qualities of your already amazing sounding Teton. The ISYS+ has bass and treble controls to help dial in your tone. With the built-in-tuner, you will always sound your best when playing amplified or acoustically.
I have several high-end Martins and Taylors in my collection. My goal was to find an every day player I didn’t have to worry about getting damaged at informal get-togethers. The lesser models of the well known makers didn’t cut it for me. The sound and playability just wasn’t to my liking. I found a few write-ups on Teton Guitars, most positive, some not so positive, and decided to take a chance on the STA105CENT for its cedar top, body size, Fishman electronics and attractive pricing. I was not expecting the instrument I got for the price I paid. The Teton surprised me with its excellent sound quality and playing ease. It is by far better than any other guitar I tried in its price range. The fit and finish and craftsmanship are outstanding. I compared the STA105CENT to my Taylor 814 CE anniversary edition which is similar in size and shape. Let’s be totally honest–the Taylor is an awesome instrument; however, the Teton, in my eye, runs a close second. Considering the Taylor costs about ten times the price, that’s saying something. I highly recommend Teton guitars. You won’t find a better guitar for the price.
I was invited to pen this review and it’s my pleasure to say this has been a meaningful experience. I dig the vibe from this company as much as the instruments they make. The 105 has been an intimate part of my playing life. When I purchased it, I was not shopping brand, nor price, just sound quality and playability. Love at first touch. Though I am not an accomplished player, I highly recommend this warm, accessible axe.