Topic: Acoustic Guitar Tonewoods
There are often conversations in this section about which guitars are considered top recommendations by other guitarists. Unfortunately, this will generally tend to focus on the brand name of the guitar, and not the wood it's made from, the quality of the workmanship, or the way it fits the buyer. The wood, quality, and fit are far more important than the brand.
In particular, the type of wood used has a dramatic effect on the guitar's "voice". Here's an in-depth article from last October's "Acoustic Guitar" magazine, which provides ample detail (in layman's English) about how these woods affect the sound of a guitar:
ELECTRICS: EP Les Paul Custom Pro / Gretsch Streamliner G2420T / EP Thunderbird Pro IV bass
AMPS: Peavey "TF" VK212 / Traynor AM150T / Fender Rumble 150
EFFECTS: Boss ME-80 Multi-effects / Ibanez WD7 wah / Grand Orbiter V3 Phaser