#1
Hi
Call me a noob, but in most "what acoustic to buy" threads, I see a person saying "make sure you're buying a solid top". What does that mean? How do you know if an acoustic has a solid top or not?

Thanks a lot in advance
#2
Are you talking about before you purchase it or after you already have it?

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#3
Solid top means the top of the guitar is a solid piece of wood, rather than a laminated top. If a guitar has a solid top, it will say so in the catalog, or - if you have an honest shop assistant - ask him. Another way to find out if a guitar has a solid top or not, is throw with it: a solid top breaks easier than a laminated one.
#4
I had this problem too when i was buying my first serious acoustic guitar (i used to play on my mum's old one) I asked a really helpful guy at a shop, and he told me that you look at the woodgrains on the edge of the soundhole. if they keep going all the way round and in, then it's a solid top.
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#5
A solid top means that the top is made out of solid wood instead of laminate wood. Laminate wood is like plywood - layers of wood are glued together to form one piece. Laminate wood is a lot cheaper than solid wood, which is why you'll pay a lot less for guitars made of laminate wood... but laminate wood also sounds a helluva lot crappier than solid wood. This is because the guitar makes its sound by transferring the vibration from the strings to the top - a solid sheet of wood resonates much better than a bunch of wood stuck together with glue.

That said, a well-made laminate top guitar can still sound way better than a crappily made solid top guitar. However, there are so many good quality yet affordable solid top guitars on the market that you really have no excuse for not spending the extra few dollars and getting a good quality solid top guitar.

If in doubt about what the top is made of, look up that model's specifications and see what they list under "top" - it must say the word SOLID next to the type of wood. If not, you can be 100% sure that it's laminate. I can't emphasize enough that it must have the word "solid" in the description. Lots of vendors and manufacturers will use phrases like, "genuine spruce," or just say "spruce" without any modifiers - but remember, IF IT DOESN'T SAY SOLID, IT'S NOT SOLID!
#6
Quote by hendrixfanatic
Another way to find out if a guitar has a solid top or not, is throw with it: a solid top breaks easier than a laminated one.


Huh? You're not seriously suggesting that people go around purposefully breaking their guitars just to see if it's solid or not? I hope not, or I'd have to flame you big time.
#7
...IF IT DOESN'T SAY SOLID, IT'S NOT SOLID!


Exactly. "solid" is thee golden word.

Spruce Top
Mahogony Top
Real Cedar Top
Spruce Tonewood Top

-- none of these mention "solid" and none of them would be. If they have a solid top, the manufacturer will MAKE SURE that the golden word "solid" is mention and that there is no doubt at all.
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#8
Ahhh... damn it... I got Yamaha f370... it doesn't say solid, only spruce... T_T
#9
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Ahhh... damn it... I got Yamaha f370... it doesn't say solid, only spruce... T_T


But you like the sound of that guitar? That's what matters at the end of the day.
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#10
Quote by dgonz
Exactly. "solid" is thee golden word.

Spruce Top
Mahogony Top
Real Cedar Top
Spruce Tonewood Top

-- none of these mention "solid" and none of them would be. If they have a solid top, the manufacturer will MAKE SURE that the golden word "solid" is mention and that there is no doubt at all.


You forgot my favorite: "select spruce top".
#11
Quote by FlatLander
You forgot my favorite: "select spruce top".
LOL, totally... as if it's "special" spruce or something. Yuck!
#12
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LOL, totally... as if it's "special" spruce or something. Yuck!

If by 'special' you mean the chunks on the floor that were big enough to press together.
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#13
Quote by S-Gsus
I had this problem too when i was buying my first serious acoustic guitar (i used to play on my mum's old one) I asked a really helpful guy at a shop, and he told me that you look at the woodgrains on the edge of the soundhole. if they keep going all the way round and in, then it's a solid top.


+1, Exactly what I've been told.
#14
Quote by FlatLander
You forgot my favorite: "select spruce top".



Yes! "Select", and in... this laminate is sooooo much better than that crappy non-select laminate. This one, we actually "selected"
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#16
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No, I wasn't serious. It is true, though!

Doesn't make it any less stupid of a response.
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#17
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No, I wasn't serious. It is true, though!


Lucky for you then. And bro.