The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #15038   Message #132633
Posted By: Metchosin
06-Nov-99 - 03:00 PM
Thread Name: Brazilian vs. Indian Rosewood
Subject: RE: Brazilian vs. Indian Rosewood
I've got a Sada D 28 copy and it kicks the ass out of every real D 28 I've ever played, except for a 1937 and a matched pair of circa 1940 era D 28's and I'm convinced that the 37 with its Adarondak spruce top and light construction had much more to do with its astonishing clarity and subtlty of tonal expression than whether or not its back or sides were BRW or InRW. Its no surprise that these three instruments shared very thin finishes and (probably) hide glue in conjunction with extodinarily percise craftsmanship. As an interesting aside, my 52 D 18 (real) with mahogany back and sides manages to sound brighter than the Sada in many respects but the Sada is less inclined to swamp fundamental tones with additional resonance. Neither guitar wins hands down, both have their unique strengths and force changes in style and approach when played. Ergo, we should all have about 90 really good guitars which would be hard to do after a divorce settlement (this would be set in motion the day you brought home the 23rd guitar.) If you really want to get weird start thinking of the old style tuners verses heavier cast Grover types, mechanical intergrity of saddle and bridge, saddle and nut material etc. Just as a point of additional materials departure, the Sada's top is an intensely cross-silked Englemann spruce. I also have theories that grain structure may be of greater significance than actual species. End of rant.