Sitka Spruce is the most well-rounded tone wood and is used on more guitar tops than any other wood. This is due to the tonal qualities and sonic projection of spruce. It has a nice even tone and does not accentuate any frequency above another in an overpowering way. Spruce also has a strong attack and does not get muddy at high volumes. This makes it a very versatile wood and makes those players with soft touches sound great and people playing with other instruments cut through the mix.
The auditorium body shape is probably the newest body shape for acoustic guitars. The auditorium takes elements that players love from various other shapes and combines them into a single body. The sound will be slightly different than a dreadnought and will scoop some of the mid range but it maintains the full dreadnought sound. It has a skinnier waist, much like a grand concert. This allows the guitar to rest lower on a player's thigh when sitting down and does not put as much strain on the shoulder. It's not hard to see why auditoriums have gained popularity so quickly.
Fishman's PRESYS+ preamp is designed to make your Teton guitar sound as great amplified as it does when you play it acoustically. The PRESYS+ has a three band EQ that allows you to fine-tune your tone and adapt to any situation you are in. The PRESYS+ also has Notch, Brilliance and Phase adjustments. This preamp is paired with a Fishman Sonicore pickup to reproduce your amazing natural Teton tone when plugging in.
In November, 2016, I was advised to test and consider a Teton guitar as my first guitar. It is August, 2017, and I can attest to the fact that the advice was spot on! The sound of the Auditorium is richer than the Dreadnought and just under the highs of the Grand Concert. Wonderfully bright and full. The action is pleasant and accurate. The arm rest is comfort I didn’t realize I’d appreciate so much! I’m still learning and this guitar has certainly prevented the testimony I saw so often when first shopping for guitars, that the student lost interest and is now selling. NO chance if they had the pleasure of a Teton! This guitar inspires me to play and learn! Soon, when I’m good enough, I’ll get to share this wonderful sound with people around me!