#1
I was just wondering if anyone knows the kind of guitar Elliott Smith plays on his recordings (I know he usually plays his cheap yamaha for shows) But more importantly Im wondering what types of tonewoods you think it is? I really love the mellow feel of it and it would give me a good starting point to finding the acoustic guitar I'm looking ofr.
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#2
Nice! An Elliot Fan. I've ALWAYS seen him use his 60's Yamaha FG-180 Red Label, it has a solid spruce top and laminate Mahogany back and sides, I think. But when he uses a nicer guitar, it was a Gibson J-50 with some kind of Cherry finish. The Gibson has a solid sitka spruce top, and solid mahogany back and sides. He's a BIG reason why I'm such a Mahogany fan. (Martin D-16GT, for me).

hope that helps. It would be ridiculous and amazing if he really used his Yamaha for album recordings. Then again, that guitar has it's own sound just like Elliot, it's eerie.
#3
I'm an Elliot Smith fan myself. Good stuff. I second what lawinn said. Mahogany back and sides are the path to his mellow tone.
#4
thats very interesting, and im glad i posted this. I was almost convinced that it was rosewood just because it was a dark kinda sound also. Thanks a bunch guys!
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#5
If you play a lot of fingerstyle, you'll like Mahogany even more. I don't know, a lot of people assume that Mahogany is extremely bright; but to me, it just makes for a balanced sound.

If I wanted BRIGHT, I would've got a Taylor or something. You should go see some ES concerts on youtube, just to make sure.
#6
I remember reading an interview with Elliott Smith. At the time of the interview, he didn't even know the model of his Yamaha; only that it was loud, which was good because he used the flesh of his fingers for picking. It went on to say (I believe) that his odd tunings are the product of habit: he started playing on his girlfriend's guitar, and it was out of tune--he didn't know that at the time, and instead just tuned it as he thought it should be.

Could be wrong though; this was a long time ago that I read the article.

Edit: oh, and if you want BRIGHT, you should try that maple-backed Epiphone Masterbilt. Now that thing is BRIGHT.
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#7
Yeah i read that before too, its in the Biography on Sweet Adaline.com (good stuff!)
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