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Ask Bob: Spruce Back and Sides?

Question: I have never seen an acoustic guitar with spruce sides and back. Have you guys experimented with one? What sound qualities would it have?
Charles Vance

Answer: Nope, Charles, we’ve never experimented with that. Not that it wouldn’t sound good, but because there’s probably not a sellable application. I’ve seen and played guitars that I didn’t make, with spruce all around, and they sounded good. All theory aside, it sounds like it sounds, which is nice, but not amazing. It also looks a little unlike how you naturally think a guitar should look, so we shy away. 

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