riffmeister, you will hear the difference soon, its just takes a little bit of time
your commentary is good on this site, so i need you to see the light
it matters not your experience. i see guitarists who play 30 years on the 1 guitar, and their ear is worse then a guitarist who owns 5 guitars in 3 years. people buy strings these days,,, and they buy 20 packets from different companies to try on a guitar they have built for them, because they are not educated on the subject. so they try and try the different strings, and they are still left scratching their head as they havent learnt how to hear, and can not remember what the last set sounded like - and at the end of the day they are left impressed by the loudest most sustaining string - the carbon string. this is a very natural process for "classical" guitarists, as we are never taught about real sound of the instrument, instead we are only taught how to play one note after the other in order for the length of a piece of music. classical guitar = recitation.
carbon strings are like carbon fibre braced guitars, and double top guitars - instant sound for a weak technique player, but no reward for a player seeking to make a sound.
the longer you spend with the carbon strings, that instant effect you hear - it starts to sound so synthetic. --- that better sustain you hear riffmeister is not a good thing, it is a fake accentuation, it is not natural, it goes beyond what the instrument offers, and it does not let the player have total control of the sound. i used to be impressed by carbon in my earlier playing days -Savarez had really good publicity!
In the past 3-4 years i have gone on a mission to try as many guitars as i can and to actually learn to listen. and then i started a project to build my own guitar too. after a while i realised you could not determine the true nature of a guitar you are trying if it had carbon strings. testing guitars with carbon strings turned out to be a huge waste of time, the sound is so fake!! the more you hear it, the worse it gets... so restringing guitars becomes a priority.
my guitar i built came out great - instantly open in sound, and is an intrument requiring the player to make the sound- so when i show lattice/doubletop players with a a weak freestroke technique my instrument, they are not impressed! haha - and they make my guitar sound like a student $200 guitar. but for traditional players who seek to get the sound out of the instrument, and not let the instrument play for them, players who play with a full technique and lots of restroke, my guitar is wonderful and plays better then $30,000 guitars (i tried it side by side with a 2007 Fleta and 2007 Bernabe Spruce).
My guitar has a very neautral character aswell, nothing too light or dark - it reminds me a lot of Romanillos guitars. so it is Spanish in that it invites the player to use all the tone colours (it has a very wide colour range) , yet it isnt the Spanish Fleta or Ramirez sound which has a real "character" to it. but that is what i aimed for in this first one, a sound similar to Romanilos, and more so his English compatriot Rubio. i studied and measured 2 Rubio guitars i liked the sound of. see my thread on my gutiar, with one soundsample at the moment, need to make a video soon.
my mind is open for future builds. i will build more when i have time, as for Cedar, i would love to build a ramirez -braced guitar in cedar, but i would like to do it at the same time side by side with 2 other builds, one with Redwood from California, and the other of Tasmanian King Billy Pine - i thing both those woods would produce great instruments (better then Cedar), and i feel the ramirez bracing would work well on them to produce a real character sound.
THIS comment above should be in my guitar build thread, as i have obviously hijacked the thread about rubbish D'Addario Pro Arte Carbons. but really, people should stick to D'Addario nylon strings, they are better anyway - this new stuff is all fashion and money making for the string companies.