Do Students REALLY Need a Solid Top Guitar?

Date Posted:8 February 2019 

For veteran guitarists, buying a new guitar is more of an art than a science. Maybe you’ve got a particular type of wood in mind or want a specifically shaped body. You’re looking for those nuances that will make all the difference. But when you’re young and just starting to feel your way, cost is everything. Students want long-lasting, affordable instruments that they know will help them sound their best throughout the learning process. And this is exactly what a laminate offers over a solid top.
Though a solid top has its drawcards, such as being slightly lighter and less likely to tonally deteriorate over the decades, a laminate offers far
more pros than cons for a new guitarist. The low cost is, of course, the most enticing part. However, laminates offer much more than an attractive price. They’re low maintenance and ultra-durable, far more resistant to hard knocks and climatic changes than solid tops. They’re also less likely to warp or crack over time. And while solid tops are renown for developing their unique sound over time, a laminate is ready to go, right out of the box. You know exactly what it’ll sound like from the first time you pick up it. This is particularly valuable for a student, as they’ll be able to adjust their playing style while learning in order to craft their own sound, rather than noticing a change what they sound like over time.
At the end of the day, a new student is less likely to notice subtle nuances that age-old players are attuned to. For a beginner, a laminate is the obvious choice and is sure to keep both students and teachers happy!