Like the stunning rebirth of a forest after a devastating wild fire, this guitar was designed and manufactured right after a large fire at our Chinese factory. It was not coincidence that we chose flame maple as one of our new models after that event. Just like the forest after a fire, we were able to start growing again with renewed energy and vigor. The back and side of every guitar is a work of art created by mother nature herself. Pairing a solid sitka spruce top with the flame maple on a dreadnaught body produces a very tight sound that is focused and layered with rich overtones.
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 stopped in to La Grande Stereo and saw mine on a stand. I picked it up and the full sound and sustain were awesome! I also have Martins and a Taylor, as well as others. This is the finest I have ever heard and played, at least to my ears. Job well done! La Grande Stereo did a great job with set up too.
-River Bear Gordon
Visited LaGrande Stereo, LaGrande Oregon. The STS130FMNT caught my eyes when Mike showed me the guitar. One word – beautiful! Great sound. Fit and finish also great. Well done. By the way, I bought it.