Hello fellow plucking compatriots!
With all due respect and best wishes, please take some time to watch this 3 and 1/5 hour documentary (it's a great video!) Afterwards, can you explain to me how there isn't a Spanish sound, or for that matter, a Spanish Guitar?
And despite the market forces' advertising slogans, with their constant attempts at defining our many mutual creative and artistic endeavours-
Let us not forget our roots!
After all, there is much truth in the Spanish sound, despite what pleasure or relief (or whatever else) might be found in these forums in defying the defenitions placed upon us by marketing slogans and ad campaigns.
And as you may see, I might hope, when we gaze a bit further into the past, with some help from this video, there is certainly a bit more than a little validity in the terminology in question here. Spanish guitar is very real. Without it we wouldn't be having this discussion.
As for my opinion, a guitar with less harmonic resonance and more fundamental sound typically describes an "un Spanish" sound, which for me is associated with deep and resonant tones and somewhat less clarity. A "Romantic" sound no doubt!
Whereas the "un Spanish" sound may be in fact a bit more virtuosic in the right hands, as it possibly can play more repertoire. The main reason having better note clarity and separation.
This is perhaps also one of those questions that can quite possibly be better explained by a cliche:
"If you have to ask, you'll never know"
At the same time some of this description is hogwash, as a great player can get a variety of tone. But when shopping for a guitar there is distinct differences between the specific timbres of guitars and the music they are more appropriately suited to playing.
Truth be told:
Tarrega sounds better on my Cedar/Rosewood Spanish guitar (made in Japan)
Bach sounds better on my Spruce/Maple Spanish guitar (made in USA)
That being said they both sound great on either guitar.
"Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue has never been erected in honor of a critic." -Jean Sibelius