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.
At first glance, our parlor guitars look and feel very traditional. However, once you hear this guitar, you will hear a sound that transcends the typical parlor guitar. We do have elements that made parlor guitars one of the most popular models in the early 1900s: the slotted headstock and the 12th fret neck attachment. That said, we have redesigned bracing patterns and top thickness to help the Teton parlors have a unique sound. While retaining some of the "boxy" qualities of early parlor guitars, the Tetons provide rich overtones and a broader frequency of tones, allowing the sound to be full and much louder than you would expect.
I really love my Teton STP180NT. The ebony sides and back are what initially caught my eye, but the clear and balanced almost bell-like tones were what made me buy it. The action is very good, the tone is crisp, and visually the guitar is stunning. I am a classical and rock guitarist, but my classical side likes the smaller body and the 12th fret joint. I use my Teton to play everything from contemporary classical (such as Andrew York) to Pink Floyd.
I have played guitar for almost 23 years and have had an opportunity to test out several Teton guitars at our local shop. To put it simply: Teton guitars are very, very nice. The price per value ratio is excellent. I am shocked the guitar was made in China – it has forced me to reconsider what a Chinese guitar is. So far, I have never seen another affordable imported Asian guitar that compares to the workmanship of the Teton. Clearly, Teton is committed to quality.
The guitar did have some sharp fret edges and the 12th fret buzzed due to a slight hump at the neck joint. This is very common for acoustic guitars, especially ones that were made in a more humid climate and then came to the high desert of Western Colorado. No guitars (not even the high-end guitars like Alvarez Yairi and Antonio Loriente) are immune to these drying issues. However, the friendly staff at our local Teton Dealer (Mesa Music in Grand Junction, CO) quickly and professionally dressed and crowned my frets for a 100% playable, beautiful, awesome guitar!
I would LOVE to see a Teton classical guitar with a solid Canadian cedar top and ebony sides and back. The ebony on my STP180NT looks a lot like Brazilian Rosewood with those dark stripes and contrast and really catches the eye.
-Aaron Matthew Frick