#1
I was wondering what kind of differences there are between a solid spruce and solid mahogany top? (sound, play styles, etc etc.) And does anybody have any experience or hearsay regarding Carvin Acoustic guitars…thank you.
#2
Mahogany has a very dark done. It's hard to describe, but "dark" is definitely the right word. I know a lot of people who don't fancy it because it's so different sounding.

Spruce, as a top, is very articulate and quite responsive. A somewhat bright topwood.

As for the Carvin acoustic guitars, I can't say I've ever seen/heard one. I know Carvin makes great electric guitars, but that skill doesn't necessarily transfer over to acoustic guitars(e.g. Ibanez and Fender).
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#3
I didn't know mahogany could be used as a top. I thought it was too weak.
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#4
Mahogany's stronger than spruce. Side/back woods are usually more dense than the topwood. However, Mahogany is light enough and strong enough to be used as a topwood.
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- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

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#6
Quote by captivate
Mahogany's stronger than spruce. Side/back woods are usually more dense than the topwood. However, Mahogany is light enough and strong enough to be used as a topwood.

:O Really?
I guess I just learned something new.

Why isn't mahogany used as much for a top then? Is it just because of it's darker tone?
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#7
Hmm... I think it's because....
1. The tone is VERY different. I don't know that many people who enjoy the sound of a mahogany or sapele top guitar, although I do love it myself.
2. Real mahogany is getting expensive. In the future, mahogany may get up to rosewood level prices(although not Brazilian level).
3. People just really like the traditional spruce or cedar top. Mahogany's not that responsive compared to them. It sounds nice for fingerpicking, but not as nice as say... Cedar(to me, anyway).
Equipment:
- Art & Lutherie Cedar CW (SOLD! )
- Martin D-16RGT w/ LR Baggs M1 Active Soundhole Pickup
- Seagull 25th Anniversary Flame Maple w/ LR Baggs Micro EQ

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#8
mahogany guitars have a tendancy with the wrong strings to lack brightness but have a bassy sound when recorded. with the right strings, they sound pretty darn good and unusual, too. the carvin is laminate back and sides, but i bet it's still an interesting guitar.

btw, i played some cobalts when they first came out. i remember i liked them - particularly the all mahogany one - but not enough to buy them. nothing wrong with them, however, and the all hog one is definitely a great price.

average grade honduran mahogany is still very reasonable in price. they sell it for under $60 for back and sides at lmii
http://www.lmii.com/CartTwo/thirdproducts.asp?CategoryName=+Backs+and+Sides&NameProdHeader=Mahogany+-+African%2C+Honduran%2C+Sapele

more mahogany top guitars - and the first one is a martin:

http://www.zzounds.com/item--MRTD15

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Taylor-Baby-Taylor-Mahogany-Top-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Guitar-514967-i1148422.gc

http://www.gryphonstrings.com/instpix/31645/31645.php