- Feb 23, 2019
- Reaction score
- Massachusetts, USA
One does have to pick the right tool for the job. I have a couple of Maton guitars (Australian) and my wife has a cheap Brazillian Digiorgio classical. The tonal differences lend themselves to the different regional genres, with the Matons being Western in sound while the Latin feel of the Digiorgio is undeniable. I suppose it is also actual way street, with the instruments influencing the sound and style of the playing.
At the risk of digging a hole for myself, you need the right tool for the job.
Reading this thread, I was reminded of the antique archtop guitar played by David Rawlings with Gillian Welch. According to the story, they found the guitar abandoned in someone's attic when Rawlings was a poor student and couldn't afford a decent guitar. (EDIT: It's a 1935 Epiphone archtop.) Their music is largely inspired by old-time country and Appalachian music. The guitar has kind of a honky, mid-range heavy sound, and wouldn't be considered to have "good" tone by modern standards. But it totally works and sounds authentic to the music they play, and in fact, is a signature part of their sound. (Rawlings is an excellent guitar player, by the way). So yes, different genres of music are sometimes complemented by instruments that may differ in tone from whatever is considered "the best" for that instrument.