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.
I purchased this guitar in March in St George, Utah. The Music Works turned me on to Teton Guitars. I have been playing this guitar at gigs and home since I purchased it. The guitar was set up very well and is very nice to play. Great sound and action. I play acoustic folk music and it is perfect for that genre. The sound is mellow as you might expect with a mahogany guitar. It does play very well. I added a Fishman humbucking soundhole pickup for now but might try something more substantial as this passive pickup does need a preamp to deliver.
I really enjoy playing this guitar and my other instruments are getting jealous. It is a great value and the fact it is a custom edition just makes it more so.
I live in Iowa so, for now, it is the only Teton in the area.
My friend who owns a guitar store was very impressed with the quality of the instrument.
I would highly recommend this guitar. I would definitely give it 5 stars.