Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Victoria - BC, Canada
Re: Does wood grain pattern matter?
It does matter. I say this because through an extensive amount of tests, you could prove that either one of these is more predisposed to produce specific tones. I can't tell just by looking, but one may be more dense and produce more natural trebles than the other. However, the difference may be so small at times that the average person can't really sound the difference between, no less thru an amp. I wouldn't be too worried about it. The biggest difference you'll notice will be an unfinished guitar versus a painted guitar. Layers of paint and clearcoat will affect tone and actually hinder it. That said, none of that means that's neccesarily bad, but some people are just into unfinished guitars because they are just naturally warmer, especially mahogany for example.
I wouldn't worry about it too much, unless you've been craving for a certain tone for 40 years of your life and you've played everything along the way and you're still not satisfied.