Cedar -vs- Spruce

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MaximilianRG

Cedar -vs- Spruce

Post by MaximilianRG » Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:28 am

What are the differences in sound between them? I know that cedar is generally a more mellow tone and spruce a brighter tone. But is there more differences between them? Are there differences specific to string type (bass strings -vs- treble strings) and do they respond to string tension differently? Are there any downsides to spruce or cedar that the other type does not carry?

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Post by James Lister » Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:32 am

If you do a search, you should find plenty of discussions about spruce/cedar differences. There's also a bit in the FAQ post at the top of the luthiers section.

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Post by Rick-in-Annapolis » Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:53 pm

I'm sure you'll find this out by doing a search... but one of the differences is that spruce takes quite a bit longer to "open up"; cedar apparently matures quite a bit more quickly than spruce.

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Post by owl » Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:06 pm

jmdlister wrote:If you do a search,
rick-in-annapolis wrote:I'm sure you'll find this out by doing a search...
Thank you... I have nothing to add except to say that we certainly don't need another thread on this topic!

Search is your friend! :roll:

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