Like bright colored leaves and a crisp autumn day, the combination of spruce and mahogany is perfection. The woods not only complement each other aesthetically, they also work together to create a great sound with lots of wonderful overtones. This companionship of woods together with a grand concert body provide a focused tone, that is rich with mid-range frequencies, which are crucial for cutting through a mix of instruments.
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.
After we introduced our Grand Concert body shape, it quickly became one of our best selling shapes. We took many of the elements that make the grand concert popular, smaller body and deeper waist, and made a few updates, most notably the increased depth in the sides of the guitar. The small body and waist make the guitar comfortable to play and the increased depth provides more tone and volume. When you have a great sounding guitar that feels so good to play, it is easy to see why the grand concert has done so well for us.
I went to our local music store and decided to look for an acoustic guitar to use for church. I tried every guitar there and most of them were Fender’s, a few Takamine guitars and a Washburn. Tried them all and my budget was about $400.00 I really wanted an electric acoustic and, frankly, I have never purchased a guitar before and have just the basic skills. My first love is drums but for the last two years I have been spending a lot of time with my guitar that was given to me years ago which is a Madeira by Guild. So, I played pretty much everything in the music store and I really liked the ones that were about $1500 but out of my price range. I was settling on a Takamine that I felt most comfortable with which was only about $200. Then, just as I was about to walk away because I am not impulsive, I notice this Teton which was the only one in the store. It was used with a bit of a mar or scratch and I picked it up and fell in love with it. I got it for $350 and I am having them install a pickup for it. My gosh, it blew me away and I fell in love with the feel, the look and the sound of it. Can’t wait to pick it up in a couple days.