Yup there is a difference, but you also have to account for the variances across each individual piece of wood. Over the years I've come to realize that one species generally is not better than the other and I am no longer particular with what woods a guitar is made of. I've played/tested guitars made from Madagascar RW, IRW, BRW, Amazon RW, Maple, Cypress, African Blackwood, Cocobolo, Wenge, and the list goes on... My conclusion? The design of the guitar and skill of the builder has FAR MORE influence on the end result than the species of wood used. Choose a guitar not based on what it is made of, but on its playability and sound.
With that said, I'd still go for IRW if I was having a guitar built for me simply because it is less expensive, more stable, less prone to cracks, not heavily restricted by CITES, and they can sound outstanding if built by the right hands. I've played some BRW guitars that were just mediocre or worse, but again it probably has nothing to do with the wood and more to do with design.
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