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 dreadnought body shape has been the most popular shape for decades now for a number of reasons. First, it has a nice balance between low, mid and high frequencies. Where some body shapes scoop the mid range, a dreadnought will bring the mid range up. This is important when playing with a group of instruments. The mid range of a guitar will stand out. Because of the tonal balance of a dreadnought, the sound does not get muddy and will be very articulate even when a player is a more aggressive picker.
I had two guitars before my Teton. A bad starter electric guitar (Ibanez Gio) and an OK acoustic guitar (Fender Sonoran). I was 13 for the electric and 14 for the acoustic. I had both of these guitars and played them semi-frequently for a few years. I was then in the market for 12-string when I was 17, as I was starting to get more serious about playing music. I found a decent Fender 12-string at a chain guitar shop for $199 that I was seriously considering buying at the time. That is until Chad at our local shop, Guitar Stop (which is where I had gotten my Fender Sonoran a few years before), had me play the Teton 12-string. Within minutes I had dropped every single thought of purchasing a Fender acoustic again. I ended up buying my STS105NT-12 after a few weeks of saving up and this company has changed my entire musical life since then. Nowhere else could I POSSIBLY find a guitar with such tone and personality for anywhere even close to the price of a Teton. It is almost the entire reason I take music as seriously as I do now, because being a teenager with little money does not constitute having a nice guitar. Within months, I ended up selling my Fender, Ibanez, and Fender amp all to buy more Teton guitars. I currently have the STS105NT-12, STS105NT, and TC003. The only other guitar I own is a Limited Edition TV Yellow Faded Gibson Les Paul (also from Guitar Stop). All of these guitars stand toe-to-toe with one another. I could not ask for a better guitar company than Teton. They have shown great customer service and respect for me as a customer over the last few years and I look forward to much more business with them in the near and distant future. I recommend anyone looking for an affordable guitar that can stand up to the best from big, name brand companies stop in to a local dealer and try out a Teton.