Good read. Cedar is well known to be the most durable wood on the market, being the most successful at surviving harsh climates and weathering. A new cedar guitar will have rich harmonics and a crispness that is sometimes lacking in a brand new spruce-topped guitar. Cedar has these classifications: Deodar cedar This is probably the most obvious difference between the two, but it is certainly not something to be discounted. It seems as if every time the topic of classical guitar comes up in conversation, this question seems to spring up as well. The conventional view is that cedar produces a warmer, fuller, mellower sound, and spruce produces a sharper, brighter sound with more clarity. Its long fibers are suitable in the making of strong paper. Spruce top guitars also have a tone palette that is sensitive and highly nuanced. Cedar leaf also possesses astringent properties making it a great topical treatment for varicose veins. When it comes to choosing the best wood, it can be a tough choice, as there are pros and very little cons to each. Cedar bears a distinct, pleasant odor and is slightly more porous, which may contribute to a faster responding sound. Ultimately, it all comes down to the preference of the performer. And talking of waiting, who wants to wait 15 years for a new spruce guitar to reach its best? I know this is a very “rural” philosophy. Both comments and pings are currently closed. They can also grow up to 60 meters tall and have needle-like leaves but have whorled branches. 2.Cedar wood is decay and rot resistant while spruce wood does not have this property. It’s highly resistant to insect attack and rot, and special versions rated for “ground contact” can be buried in soil and will continue to shrug off decay for decades. It is durable, stable, and is lightweight and cool. But even L. Bernstein was surprised when the 1st horn player of his Vienna orchestra explained to him that he used different instruments for every act in Wagner’s opera and even demonstrated that. This sound is mainly preferred by people who play country, rock, and metal music. I think it depends on the guitar. 5.Cedar has medicinal properties and is used to treat a variety of medical problems while spruce does not have medicinal properties. That is also applied to Cedar tops. After logging, it is prone to decay and is suitable only for indoor use. It includes commercially popular tress such as firs, hemlocks, larches, pines, cedars, and spruces. It makes a difference, if you play polyphonic music by Bach or a classical menuett by Sor or , Villa-Lobos’ more expressionistic pieces. First of all, SPF stands for Spruce Pine Fir, which indicates a mix of the wood types. The main function of a guitar top (regardless of material) is to vibrate. And there are often moments/ parts within a piece that make one guitar really outstanding. Generally though I’d agree that spruce tends to give a more focused, nuanced and better projected sound. 2.Cedar wood is decay and rot resistant while spruce wood does not have this property. Spruce top guitars also have a tone palette that is sensitive and highly nuanced. Well, the Cordoba C7 European spruce top, and the Cordoba C7 Canadian cedar top both belong to the same series of the Cordoba classical guitars- C7 series. There so much variation in the world of classical guitar, and eventually, the onus falls on the player to decide what he or she likes or dislikes about a particular tonewood. Leave us a reply in the comments! Sound Produced by Cedar. Do you prefer cedar over spruce? There are several prominent artist who only play cedar, Barrueco and David Russell. It’s also great for abdominal pain, muscles cramps, and nausea associated with menses. However I’ve owned and played cedar as well. Additionally, the sound produced by a cut of European spruce will sound different from a comparable cut of Sitka spruce. Seriously (although the above does has a point), I own guitars with spruce, cedar and Sitka spruce tops.