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This is the most popular type of acoustic guitar

Laura  Barnes
This is the most popular type of acoustic guitar

Furch Guitars has released the results of its report on what was the most preferred type of acoustic guitar last year.

Furch found that most guitar players who bought a guitar last year chose an instrument with a strong sound and pronounced bass, a sonic quality achieved by the combination of a cedar top and mahogany back and sides.

“The overall sound of an acoustic guitar, as well as its appearance, is to a large extent determined by the top plate. The acoustic properties of the top are predetermined by its construction and by the material from which it is made,” explained Furch.

The report reveals that in recent years, cedar has been the preferred tonewood for making the top plate. In 2016 alone, nearly two thirds (60%) of customers on the global scale purchased a guitar with a cedar top.
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“Cedar produces a deep warm round sound that is balanced throughout the entire sonic spectrum,” said the guitar maker.

Another popular wood species for the guitar top was Sitka spruce, with 35% of global customers choosing guitars made from this type of wood. Sitka has a “clearer, more open sound and produces more higher-order harmonic overtones” compared to cedar.

Much less popular are tops made from exclusive spruce species, such as Alpine (3%), Adirondack (1%), and Engelmann (0.5%) spruce.

Other premium tonewoods, such as Sinker Redwood (redwood reclaimed from the depths of rivers), Indian rosewood, maple, mahogany, Hawaiian koa, and black walnut accounted for only 0.5% of guitars sold last year.

"Cedar and Sitka spruce are currently by far the most commonly used woods for acoustic guitar tops. One of the reasons is the fact that high-quality supplies of these tonewoods are readily available for the manufacture of Furch guitars. Only 5% of models we sell feature other materials, which is in part due to their higher price," explained Petr Furch, CEO of Furch Guitars.

Apart from the top, the sound and look of a guitar is determined by the material used to make the back and sides.

In this regard, customers can choose from a much wider selection of tonewoods, where mahogany is the most popular choice.

Last year more than 40% of guitarists bought a guitar with mahogany back and sides. Mahogany has a pronounced texture, and its homogeneous structure produces a deep musical sound.

The second most in-demand material used in guitars sold in 2016 was Indian rosewood (30%).

So there you have it. The most popular wood combination for an acoustic guitar right now is a cedar top plate with mahogany back and sides, creating a bold sound with pronounced bass.

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