I'm sorry for starting another thread, but my old one was too old and overlooked I guess. So I finally made up my mind in favor of the Cardinal XL41-09C cutaway (http://www.bajaao.com/cardinal-xl4109c-sapele-dreadnought-cutaway-acoustic-guitar-p-5109.html?manufacturers_id=127). It has a solid top made of sapele wood. Is this a good idea?

The other alternative is the Granada PRD7EF (http://www.bajaao.com/granada-prd7ef-jumbo-cutaway-acoustic-guitar-with-pickup-eq-p-4495.html?manufacturers_id=11) which has a spruce top.

Should I just go ahead with the solid top guitar?

The way I read that is that the Cardinal has a solid sapele top as well as solid back and sides.

Sapele is a wood that is very similar in tone to mahogany. The sapele top will also give that guitar a different type of tone. It probably won't be as bright as a spruce top. It will most likely be mellower.

Honestly, I have never heard of either brand, but the Cardinal looks like it is all solid so I would go with that.
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I'm new to some of these woods...can you tell me the difference between a spruce top and a solid sapele top?
Well, like a said a sapele top will be mellower than a spruce top. Also, since it is solid wood, it will age and sound better over time.
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