llch wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:28 pm
So, a top solid is important but not really a full solid then? Top solid is the minimum requirement... That's weird because most advertisements seem to show how great a full solid is!
Yes, a good laminated back is (almost) as good as a solid back. Just think about a very expensive Smallman guitar with a laminated back. As already mentioned, there are different types of laminated wood for the back. If you laminate thin solid layers of wood together to one piece, then the quality can be very good. The back becomes stiffer, the sound properties of the guitar changes, and there is a lower risk for cracks. But if you only take a layer of plywood and glue a nice looking veneer on it, then the quality is low. Both types are not sold and for both the term "laminated" is often used.
There is another aspect to consider: Assume all sports cars have a red color, and all city cars are blue. Then this would generate the impression that a red color makes a car faster than a blue color, even if the color has nothing to do with the horse power of the motor. If expensive guitars have a rosewood back and cheap guitars have a mahogany back, or expensive guitars have (almost) always a solid back and cheap guitars a laminated back, then this generates the same impression even if most of the differences in quality are caused by other factors.