tateharmann wrote: ↑
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:32 pm
It's looking like pine is slowly gaining popularity - GSI just got a Blochinger in pine and there are is a vid of Mr. Romero playing it. I don't think its North American pine...but it's pine nonetheless
Update - it's pine from 1492!
From 1492! That is
slow to gain popularity.
If we look at selecting a top where mass, stiffness, stability, vertical grain, no runout are the issues then the only criterion that would be considered "incorrect" would be the cosmetic. The preconception of how a guitar should look is a big issue. I've heard the admonition to not use anything but spruce/EI rosewood because they make the "best" guitars.
I heard my guitar played in a duet with a cypress/spruce flamenco. I closed my eyes and couldn't distinguish which was which.