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Guitar tone wood comparison-maple, claro walnut, E.I. rosewood, palo escrito

This video shows John Arnold, a professional classical and steel string acoustic guitarist, playing a fingerstyle version of "Yesterday" on five Wicklund guitars. The first is a birdseye maple OM, the 2nd is a claro walnut OM, the 3rd is a claro walnut Dreadnought, the 4th is an E. I. rosewood Dreadnought, and the 5th is a palo escrito OM. The video clips were synced with high quality audio tracks and combined together into a single song video. An interesting comparison of guitar tone woods.

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Comment by Peter Wicklund on August 24, 2010 at 1:15pm
Thanks for the nice comments Kevin. The maple OM and claro dreadnought were always at the top of the list for the other guitarists who have had a chance to play all five of these guitars. I personally liked the maple.You are also absolutely right about the importance of the musician in making the guitars sound good -- and John Arnold is an incredible guitarist. I also think a high quality recording puts the guitars in their best light, and Kent at Red Rock Recording did a great job and was a lot of fun to work with.
Comment by Central Valley Musician on August 22, 2010 at 11:39pm
yea, that maple sounded awesome..
Comment by Kevin Sipes on August 22, 2010 at 11:24pm
They all sound beautiful, but of course I think that is mainly due to the musician more that the instrument. If I had to choose a favorite for this particular song, I would say that the very first guitar did it for me.
Comment by Central Valley Musician on May 19, 2010 at 1:41pm
I still like the sound of the "claro walnut Dreadnought"

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