Originally posted by radenshirinji
I am very sorry if I have offended anyone. That was really an innocent question anyway. Technically, I am almost ignorant about guitars althought I have been playing for many years. That is why a lot of my questions may sound stupid or silly, with no meaning for most of you in this forum, but they mean something for me.
No problem.....and don't take Rocket too seriously (Lord knows, he doesn't take himself too seriously, so we shouldn't, either, right?). He's a bit of a rascal, but he's very knowledgable. I can remember the beginning of my journey with a guitar (not quite 40 years ago) and many of the questions you ask would surely have come from me, too.
One thing you might be interested in regarding your question about the J58SW and D10S is the difference in their construction. The D10S has a solid wood soundboard and laminated sides/back. The J58SW is of all solid wood construction. The J58SW is also much larger than the D10S, particularly in depth (but also in body shape), and that is what makes a jumbo hard to play for anyone other than a large individual. They do sound different b/c the larger internal volume and general size of the J58SW will emphasize (reinforce) different portions of the sound spectrum, as well as add a bit of volume. Better has to be a subjective issue; hence, Rocket's apparent impatience. We here in the U.S. have greater availability and most of us do not buy a guitar until we have played it.....you do not have that opportunity, which puts you at a disadvantage. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
The issue of all solid-wood construction can have long-term benefits. When a guitar is made of all laminate construction (like plywood), what you hear when you get the guitar is as good as it will ever sound. However, because of the way the cells in solid wood become more resonant with age, the sound of an all solid-wood guitar will improve with age. Most of us agree that the biggest improvement from ageing comes from the soundboard, and both guitars you mentioned have solid wood soundboards, but I can attest to the fact that solid wood back/sides make a bit of difference, too. My first Washburn was a WD32S (solid sound board, laminate sides and back) and my second was a WD32SW (solid sound board, solid sides and back)--for most purposes the same guitar, the only difference being the all solid-wood construction of the WD32SW. My first WOW moment with the WD32SW came the first time I held it and strummed the strings....the guitar felt more active, I could feel the wood vibrating where the backs and sides touched my body whereas with the WD32S there was none of that. Sonically they are similar, but also different. The benefits of improved tonality and sustain that come with ageing are slow to develop and might well not be noticed to an owner who plays the guitar every day, but they are real. We call the process ...opening up.
So, it is POSSIBLE that the J58SW, being all solid wood construction, might improve in sound quality with ageing to a greater degree than the D10S.....again, we all hear differently and to some the changes might not be as noticable as they are to others.
Oh, BTW (which means by the way)--ROFL means rolling on floor, laughing, ROFLMAO means rolling on floor, laughing my a** off.....these abbreviations seem to have originated with text messageing when cell phone companies charged for text messages by counting the characters in the text.
Keep on asking questions.....we were all beginners at one time.
Dugly [8D]YerDugliness, Esq./Post No Bills
Guitar Playin' FOOL, retired & attempting to age disgracefully!!
Washburns: WD32S, WD32SW. D61SW, and C124SW
Other fine acoustic guitars by Breedlove (custom shop Revival Series 000), Darren Hippner (#506), Takamini (2005 LTD), Epiphone (Masterbilt AJ500RC), and Yamaha (G231-II)