Honestly I think most of the difference would be from the top itself, not the back or sides (laminated or not). If you're able to play them, just choose whichever you prefer. It's all subjective anyway. Are you able to visit guitar shops? If so you might walk away with something you didn't even consider in the first place, like I did with mine.absence wrote:I'm considering to buy a Cordoba, and for various reasons would like a spruce top. At the lower end C5 doesn't have a spruce option, and at the higher end C10 is too expensive. That leaves me with C7 (laminated rosewood) or C9 (solid mahogany). The price of the C9 is a bit of a stretch, but an all-solid is very tempting. However, I've read that a cedar top goes better with mahogany, and a spruce top goes better with rosewood. If I wanted a cedar top, the C9 would be the obvious choice. Will the less optimal match of spruce and mahogany in the C9 still sound better due to being solid, compared to the more optimal (but laminated) match with rosewood in the C7?
(Then again even papier-mache supposedly works well for back and sides... )
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