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Video: 'Acoustic Addicts' Analyze Sonic Differences Between Various Types of Wood

If you've ever wondered what exactly what separates the wood used in expensive acoustic guitars from the rest of the pack -- and we do mean exactly -- the guys at Acoustic Addicts seem to have the answer. In the pilot webisode of the show, which can be viewed below, Richard Caruso and guitarist Carl Franklin create controlled recordings of a Taylor K20 (all koa), a Taylor 714ce (rosewood back and sides with an Engelmann spruce top), a Santa Cruz Roy Southerner (mahogany back and sides with a sitka spruce top) and a McPherson 4.5 (beeswing mahogany back and sides with an Adirondack spruce top). Then they analyze the recordings to uncover the tonal characteristics of each guitar. In the video, Caruso compares the finer points of each tone wood to different wines and explains how these guitars are made. Later, Franklin breaks out the spectral visualization software and you can see the difference in the tones you're hearing. You can get more info and download WAV files here.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.