Spruce top vs cedar on a nylon string

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  1. Paul Conway

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    Can anyone give a relatively brief yet accurate summary of the pro's and cons of these two top woods on a classical or other nylon string guitar?

    Thank you very much in advance, chaps.
     
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    Tyoically spruce is brighter and can sometimes offer more voulme while cedar is a warmer sound in my experience. I have owned both and much prefer cedar.
     
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    No pros and cons...just different sounds. Most pro classical players own both, using the brighter spruce for baroque or renaissance music, the darker cedar for romantic or spanish music and either for modern stuff depending.

    I have noticed, and I know others that agree with me, that it's easier to get a good affordable cedar. A great spruce is harder to come by without spending a little more money
     
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    I agree with what has been said. Spruce generally has more separation and clarity, cedar generally has more warmth and complexity.

    But a good luthier can work the wood and blur the differences.
     
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