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Old 05-15-2013, 06:08 AM   #1
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Solid/Laminate back + Sides

I was wondering tonally if there was a big difference if an acoustic has laminate back and sides?

For example the Cole Clake FL1 that I am most likely buying is all solid, but to save some dosh I could get a guitar with just a solid top and laminate back and sides.

Does anyone hear a difference? I've never tried/attempted.

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Old 05-15-2013, 06:47 AM   #2
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some hear a difference, some don't, and it also can depend on the guitar, although often it depends on the experience of the player. all solid guitars - especially quality ones - tend to be more resonant, with more complexities in the tone. many are louder with more presence. btw, the FL1 is a really nice sounding guitar.

i used to go to this one guitar center where the sales guys knew me. when asked by a customer if a person could really tell the difference between a good and not-so-good guitar, one rep used to have me turn my back and he'd play several guitars and ask me to pick out the all-solid guitars and highest quality solid tops without seeing which guitars he was playing. i could tell which were the better guitars and which weren't, and that made him some sales.
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:38 PM   #3
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I would be buying the Fat Lady. I have played a few, and loved that tone. Cheers
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:16 PM   #4
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my opinion is it doesnt matter wether its laminate back & sides or completely laminate, its the strings, and how ya play it!
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:30 PM   #5
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my opinion is it doesnt matter wether its laminate back & sides or completely laminate, its the strings, and how ya play it!
If I may be so bold, I think you're painting with a pretty broad brush there.

The same good guitar player will sound better on the same material with a better guitar, or at least a guitar that best suits the piece being played.

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:14 PM   #6
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If I may be so bold, I think you're painting with a pretty broad brush there.

The same good guitar player will sound better on the same material with a better guitar, or at least a guitar that best suits the piece being played.


ya pretty broad, but i've had alot of rum hehe!

of course solid wood goodness is gonna sound better...smell better too!
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:33 AM   #7
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you seem to have 2 conflicting opinions

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of course solid wood goodness is gonna sound better...smell better too!

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my opinion is it doesnt matter wether its laminate back & sides or completely laminate, its the strings, and how ya play it!
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you seem to have 2 conflicting opinions


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Did you mean me and WaltTheWerewolf, or WaltTheWerewolf and WaltTheWerewolf..?
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:47 PM   #9
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not conflicting opinions...

all I ment was that solid woods will sound better but in the end its how ya play it. Perhaps bad wording i dont know. Solid woods should not matter at all............ok that was just a joke!
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:52 AM   #10
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I think it's pretty essential to have a solid top if you want good sound, but in my experience a laminated back and sides can compare favorably with solid ones, if the general quality and construction techniques are good.

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Old 05-17-2013, 09:06 AM   #11
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i meant WaltTheWerewolf and WaltTheWerewolf - although i'm sure we've all had that experience ;-)

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if solid wood sounds better, then if you play the same way on a great sounding all solid guitar and on an okay sounding other guitar, wouldn't it make sense to choose the guitar that lets you hear your playing sound wonderful instead of okay?...

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not conflicting opinions...

all I ment was that solid woods will sound better but in the end its how ya play it. Perhaps bad wording i dont know. Solid woods should not matter at all............ok that was just a joke!
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:12 AM   #12
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I agree with you Patticake, like I said Bad wording...i'm kinda bad at putting sentences together at times...at the time of my original comment I'd had about 1/2 a bottle of rum my bad.
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