Gary Macleod wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:36 pm
Now you've had the guitar a few weeks how does it compare to the Adalid, which would you rescue from a fire first ?
I would probably rescue this new spruce one first.
The reasons are that (when I get the tuning right) the intonation is slightly better - but the heat was obviously affecting that on Saturday. On the Adalid, I couldn't quite get that G major shape perfectly in tune on the first bar of Sevilla. For some reason I can on the spruce guitar.
The shape and size of the Adalid is probably better suited to me because I am a big guy.
However, the Italian one is more personal to me because I commissioned it.
In addition, I think that spruce is generally a more interesting wood to play. Cedar gives more instant results and is more fail safe, but you can coax more out of a spruce.
I remembering asking Gary Ryan about this issue around 20 years ago, and he said that for him, cedar was more easy to pick up and run with.
I also think that at the other extreme, Smallman guitars almost hide your imperfections in a blanket of easily made sound.
Spruce is the exact opposite - you have to work at it to get results, but the results are more musically satisfying (including getting your nails just right).
Thanks for asking - I should be at work writing school reports right now, lol!