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Old 05-26-2016, 07:05 PM
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Default Do you prefer englemann over sitka?

I'm finding I'm quite drawn to the touch and tone of englemann spruce. Though I own a sitka topped guitar, I'm finding most of mine are englemann.

I suppose it's due to the light touch required and it seems to project just right. Can't quite describe it.

Just wondered if others love it as well.

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Old 05-26-2016, 07:21 PM
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Between those two, I would choose Sitka... any day. But to each his own... it's all personal preference.
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I prefer the one that sounds the best. I've had guitars in almost all top woods and some work better on some guitars than on others. I go for the one that sounds the best.
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I'm finding I'm quite drawn to the touch and tone of englemann spruce. Though I own a sitka topped guitar, I'm finding most of mine are englemann.

I suppose it's due to the light touch required and it seems to project just right. Can't quite describe it.

Just wondered if others love it as well.

I have both, among other top species. I like both Englemann and Sitka on a steel string guitar for fingerstyle (flesh and nail). Anecdotally, I've noticed some differences between the two woods, but I can't be sure because so many other factors are involved. I like those differences.
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I am a big fan of Engelmann but I have a light touch and play mostly with the flesh part of my fingers so it works for me. I am picky about Sitka - I have only played a few that I have really warmed to. Of the spruces, German is my particular fave. And I do like cedar and redwood. But, as I have experienced, it mostly has to do with the builder, not just the wood.

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I like Englemann particularly for fingerstyle, especially coupled with rosewood. For strumming I actually prefer adirondack. Sitka, which I also have, seems intermediate.

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I generally prefer Sitka.
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Sometimes I do prefere Engelmann. I have a Huss & Dalton 00, mahogany with an Engelmann top, and I think the top wood gives it just the right character. But more often than not, I prefer Sitka. Adirondack can also be very nice. And one of my favorite guitars has a European spruce top. I've also had cedar-topped instruments and a mountain dulcimer with a wormy chestnut top. For me, it's really a matter of how the whole package works and I've found a variety of woods to work well.
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I'm finding I'm quite drawn to the touch and tone of englemann spruce. Though I own a sitka topped guitar, I'm finding most of mine are englemann.

I suppose it's due to the light touch required and it seems to project just right. Can't quite describe it.

Just wondered if others love it as well.

Hi crnazz

I like both for their individual reasons and contributions, and really I evaluate each when in my hands. The builder makes such a difference.




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depends on the sound you like, I dont like the sound of Engleman but some do
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Wouldnt have a clue.
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Default sitka/englemann

In most cases, I would choose Englemann over Sitka.
There are some instances where the reverse is true.
I currently have a Goodall KCJC - Englemann/Koa. AMAZING TONE!
Also have a Martin OM-28 Sitka/Koa. Awesome tone as well.
My guess is that the bracing and construction have a lot to do with it.
Bottom line is that one cannot state that one is better than the other.
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Talking quite frankly....

.....I can't tell the difference......I think it's more the manufacturer.
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:58 AM
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In most cases, I would choose Englemann over Sitka.
There are some instances where the reverse is true.
I currently have a Goodall KCJC - Englemann/Koa. AMAZING TONE!
Also have a Martin OM-28 Sitka/Koa. Awesome tone as well.
My guess is that the bracing and construction have a lot to do with it.
Bottom line is that one cannot state that one is better than the other.
I fully agree with your post. I recently played a couple of Engelmann/Koa Martins and they were outstanding sounding guitars. I imagine the Goodall is superb. It really is the whole package that has to be heard and appreciated, not just one spec or attribute alone. HOW a guitar is built is REALLY important.
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They are both good in a well- built guitar. More preference for the specific guitar than either of the two woods.
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