ivan wrote: ↑
Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:32 am
I have a thought that these dark sound guitars has somekind what i called "fake power". It tricks the ear of the player. So loud, but in fact they can't project well in the concert hall.
The apparition of "fake power" can have a number of causes and is certainly not limited to "modern" or "dark" guitars. Alan makes some very valid points, as usual. Here are some more to think about. The names have been disguised to protect the guilty.
I was attending a large guitar festival (southern hemisphere) where, among many other events a famous player was demonstrating a particular famous maker's guitars and also demonstrating a variety of guitars by other makers, both famous and otherwise. The player was extolling the virtues of this particular maker's guitar, saying how loud it was. It was of "classical" fan braced construction. The audience, on the other hand, (comprising a number of seasoned luthiers as well as experienced players and other aficionados) were looking at each other with that "I don't think so" expression on their faces. The maker explained what he had done to create this massive volume, which essentially boiled down to having a very active cross dipole. After the demo, I approached said famous player and asked if I could please hear the guitar close up. I was about 1m away. And it was loud. And clearly the player could hear it as loud. The problem was that little of that power got to the paying public because it was all being radiated by the cross dipole upwards in the direction of the player's ears and downwards toward the stage floor, rather than outwards in the direction of the audience.
Now, is that a good thing or a bad thing? If you're playing for yourself, likely a good thing. Plenty of all-enveloping sound. If you're playing acoustically for an audience and they can barely hear you, likely a bad thing. The important things are to know what makes the difference and how players want to use a particular instrument, and then to build an instrument with that usage in mind.