Beowulf wrote:Torres once made a guitar with paper maché sides and back to demonstrate that this was not a significant factor in the sound of the instrument. However no one living has ever heard this guitar...so it was an experiment without conclusive results for today.
hatalap wrote:I think the back and sides shade the notes with nuances.
Back and side material do make a difference to the sound quality, in particular the depth and complexity of the resonance. This won't matter until you get to stage 2, as described above.
I agree...even laminated backs...to ME. Of course, I was sternly told that it was actually the tops which were different. When I revealed that they were made the same way/configuration out of the same material by the same company, I was told it was due to molecular differences of the top but DEFINITELY NOT the molecular differences of the back veneers.
Acoustic players in the Acoustic Guitar Forum agree more that different sides and backs make a difference, even laminates. About half agree (hear a difference), while the rest do not ("it does not make sense - it must be the top").
Prof Peter Kun Friary believes even laminate back and sides make a difference...but he is little known so let us disregard that.
As for the paper mache experiment, it does prove that wooden sides and backs do not sound much BETTER than paper mache sides and backs, showing the importance of the top - but does it prove that they do not sound DIFFERENT, even a tiny bit?
Anyway I am glad to be so different...maybe it is because i have probably owned more laminate classical guitars than anyone else