#1
Sorry for the noob question, but can anybody tell me what it is? What does it do?
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#2
Solid wood. It means its not a laminate, which is similar to plywood. Multiple layers of wood glued together. Pure solid wood commands a premium price, usually at or above $350. Solid woods from brands like gibson and martin start near a grand.

EDIT btw, solid top usually means only the top is solid wood, the back and sides are still laminate, otherwise the manufacturer would brag that it is all solid wood.
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#3
Thanks!
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when i was 8 or so, me and a girl i liked stole a porno from my parents room. the guy shot on the girls face, so we decided to try the best we could. i peed in her ear

i think she got an ear infection.
#4
Now days you would almost always pay the extra for solid.
The price gap between laminate and solid is minimal compaired to 20 years ago.
There has been debate on this but I howerver believe laminate guitar will gradually over the years sound worse, while a solid top will sound better with age.
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Basically, solid wood is a straight cut of wood out of a log. Solid wood will age(sound better with USE), whereas laminate will not. It may take as long as 10 years for something like a spruce top to completely age, depending on how much the guitar is played.

Laminate is created by gluing thin sheets of(often cheap) wood together with grain patterns perpendicular to each other. This makes for a much stronger piece of wood, but also a stiffer wood to make vibrate. This is why laminate guitars often sound muffled--the strings do not have enough energy to drive such a stiff piece of wood.
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Cap is right. There are exceptions to the rule though, because there are a few brands (Takamine, Seagull, Breedlove, for example) that make excellent laminates. No, they're still not as good as solid wood, but they're "high quality" laminates, and won't deteriorate as badly with age as some other laminates
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