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Do you think that is because of the maple or other design features?
I think that a well made laminate will also resonate well, but maybe not with the same characteristics of solid woods. I tend to think that the quality of the top wood (stiffness, and strength) the arching of the top and back, and the bracing, will have more to do with the overall sound, than solid or laminate back and sides.
My limited experience with archtops and Selmacs is that they do not have the same sustain as my 1976 Martin D-35( once it was timed at 18 seconds of sustain), but that is intended to keep individual lines and notes from getting muddy, to punch out the notes at maximum volume. Just my humble observations.
I think the lesson here is you can't really predict what a guitar will sound like by just focusing on the woods, especially the back and sides. You really have to just play the thing to find out...sometimes the guitar with the cheapest most unusual woods sounds the best, other times not. Aged woods, especially and aged top like the Vieille Reserve consistently adds a lot of mature high end. Other then that, it's hard to make generalizations.
Also, what matters even more is the quality of the wood. People talk a lot about the differences between solid, laminate, maple, rosewood, etc. But what about the difference between a really select piece of rosewood vs. a shwag piece? That is probably much more important. Hahl uses some of the best woods I've seen....even his Indian rosewood looks amazing and sounds infinitely more complex then more mundane Indian rosewoods.
Every piece of wood is different and every acoustic guitar sounds different.
I think that laminated wood is stronger and will hold up better to heat. I'd rather leave a laminate guitar like an es-175 in the trunk of a car than a solid wood guitar like a l-5.
In the day of the Selmer guitar. laminated wood was more costly than solid wood. Maccaferri thought that laminated wood would send more power to the top and make a louder guitar. Now that solid woods have become so costly, people think of laminates as cheap.
I will say that Maple and Mahogany (in general) have more midrange than rosewood or ash which tend to have more trebles, but I have played some very warm rosewood guitars and some very bright maple guitars.
My advice: play before you buy (or have a very good approval period!)
Michael, I think I recall that you mentioned in another thread that the Manouche Latcho Drom solid maple model was the driest in that line. Do you think that is because of the maple or other design features?
I can only guess that it's the woods....the design looks the same otherwise.
I see right now you have a solid maple (bigleaf?) and a solid african mahogany Latcho Droms for sale.
How would you compare these 2 guitars? Have you played both of them?