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.
I’ve been playing a cheaper Bennet guitar for 11 years and it was alright. I’m not a performer or anything; I just love to play. Then, my friend, who wants to learn to play, picked up a Teton parlour style guitar and, though smaller, its sound kicked the crap out of my 3/4. Well, as luck would have it, I recently broke my old guitar and went shopping for a new Teton. I played every Teton in my price range and they all sounded great but, when I picked this one up, I was instantly in love. The bass and volume are incredible and it doesn’t sacrifice anything on the highs. I was literally blown away and, as I play old songs that I have played dozens of times, they sound new again on this guitar. It is so warm sounding and fits perfectly on your leg as you sit and play.
This guitar feels and sounds like a Taylor guitar–very light, very comfortable, very good intonation and volume with very good tone quality. I have 45 years of experience with playing the acoustic guitar at a professional level.