African Mahogany is a harder wood than spruce or cedar. Harder woods will have a break-in period where they are brighter when you first get the guitar and, as they are played, they mellow out and you’ll notice more of the deeper tones. Volume levels seem to be on par with spruce tops but with less attack.
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 am lucky enough to have #44. The sound is phenomenal. My local music store (Canby Music) got their Teton 5th Anniversary Guitar and he was showing it off. I checked around our area and found mine at CHW Guitars. As soon as I played it, I knew I had to have it. I’ve played several thousand dollar big name guitars and this Teton blows them away. My advice to anyone who can find one–BUY IT!!
Well done, Teton, well done.
I’m probably one of the few people East of the Mississippi lucky enough to have a 5th Anniversary STS203NT. I was actually interested in buying the STG130FMCENT model (flame maple acoustic-electric) and I had contacted Guitar Villa in Bethlehem, PA to see if they had one. They didn’t, but the owner, John, suggested I stop by and try few other Tetons to hear how different tone woods changed the sound. After trying a few different dreadnoughts (flame maple, rosewood, mahogany), McKenzie suggested that I try the all solid mahogany STS203NT. After only a few chords, my wife said “You have to buy it”. I wasn’t going to argue. Being a woodworker, I truly appreciate the craftsmanship.
By the way, I ended up buying a the STG130FMCENT anyway a month later from the Sound Mound in Lake Luzerne, NY. I am one satisfied Teton customer.