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Rosewood and Mahogany...which is best for vocals?


EpiAlan

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Instead of an AJ with Mahogany I would suggest A Hummingbird or J-45. Both great guitars and it would offer another tonal palette that would give you options for different songs or depending how you feel on a given evening. Each type will also sit differently in a mix with other instruments.

Hope this helps some.

JM

Jeremy. I agree totally! And thank you, you have helped very much indeed! I really value open mined opinions on these matters! Hummingbirds have a tone that just seems to complement the voice,warm and rich... not to mention they are utterly beautiful looking guitars.I imagine it has a lot to do with the mahogany and bracing. Few guitar makers manufacture more beautiful looking guitars than Gibson does! Gibson wrote the book on original looking guitars! I do know that I have stated many times, that my guitar acquisition syndrome (GAS)..was over. But a good Gibson Hummingbird could easily bring in on all over again!! LOL!They are very special looking! And when ever I see one, I just can't take my eyes off of it. Uh Oh...Where are my rolaids?!!!

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I agree with Jeremy. Both these guitars are outstanding to accompany a singer. Personlly I much prefer mahogany as I find the rosewood overtones compete too much with the human voice (unless you have one of this whiney high pitched Neil Yong type voices), while mahogany sort of plays a 'supporting' role to the vocalist.

 

I know my singer for example hates it when I take the rosewood SWD to gigs and wants to give me a big hug when I take an SJ.

EuroAussie...I agree totally about the overtones on a rosewood...while beautiful and complex, they do seem to tend to sort of over ride the voice at times, on certain songs and music.

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Hey,

 

Just want to say glad you're happy with your epi, had a couple of epi's in the past but never a masterbuilt.

 

I must say Epiphones have never grabbed me, but i also hear a lot of people saying the same thing about gibsons and other makes, so yes it's horse's for courses.

 

How ever much someone pays for a guitar is neither hear nor there, especially with the great return polices of most stores.

 

Back to the topic, I like rosewood for singing to, maybe it's the over tones that hide my terrible voice :)

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Epiphone Alan, I would point out that the context of your original comment here was taken by many of us in light of your earlier comments on another thread re. J200s - that you bought 3 Gibsons and they were all bad, and then bought 2 Epis and they were fantastic and better. You appear to be as guilty of Epiphone worship as you accuse us of being over Gibsons. Difference is - this is the Gibson Acoustic Forum. You are more active on the Epiphone Formum. It is possible, as one of us noted here - you are singing to the wrong choir on this forum. To expand on an earlier metaphor - if you went on a BMW forum and said you bought three that were junk and then bought a Camry that was better - you would have gotten the same response. Sorry - but that is human nature, and has nothing to do with money. Backpedalling by suggesting you might now want a Gibson H'bird, after your earlier comments only comes across as insincere. I would guess you would wind up with the Epi Bird instead! I've been very close a few times to purchasing Masterbuilts, but finally, always, decided that I'd bite the bullet and get a Gibson I was more comfortable with. I think that your point could have been stated more sensitively stated as "Epiphones are better values, while Gibsons are better guitars." Of course - the main point is that you've found your keeper, and I am certain we are very, very happy for you - we've all been there and know exactly how you feel. G'Luck!

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I will repeat what I have heard and learned while shopping for acoustics. A mahogany guitar typically has a warmer mid tone than a rosewood which has a really nice low end tone. A rosewood body, say with a spruce top which gives high end clarity, has great low and top end tone but has a "scooped out" midrange that a mahogany typically fills. A voice is a mid-range "instrument" which would compliment the lower mids of rosewood.

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