“It’s used for fence posts in Guatemala, and somehow that has given it a low-class reputation on the internet”: Paul Reed Smith says the materials used to make a guitar absolutely do make a difference – but not for the reason you might think

A collection of PRS electric guitars
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Paul Reed Smith has once again leapt to the defense of tonewoods – but this time, he’s done so with a bit of a twist.

The tonewood debate is one of the guitar world’s most hotly contested conversation topics, and poses the simple question: do certain woods sound better than others when used to make electric guitars and acoustic guitars?

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.