Hey all! I'm looking to buy a new guitar. I want a good, mellow, folk / bluegrass sound, but most importantly a nice sound for classical compositions. I'll be starting to play in coffee shops, so I'm looking to get an classical guitar with a pre-amp. However, I've never gone down the road of using an amp with my classical guitar before. Sure, I could just set up a microphone in front of my guitar's sound hole, but I want this to be a versatile guitar; not just for classical playing.
Thus, what types of wood should I be looking at? My old teacher suggested that I purchase the Hermosa AH-10CE, but I'm not entirely sure this would suit my needs.
I am currently using an old Yamaha G-50A (built in '69, awwwwwyeah). However, I just don't like it's sound. It sounds pretty harsh (not harsh as in bad, but harsh as in not mellow), and it doesn't have a very deep bass. What I have been able to find about this guitar's construction is that the top is made from spruce (Yamaha's website states that the top may also be pine, thus I'm not sure which mine is), the back and sides are made from katsura, the neck is nato, and the bridge and fingerboard are babingo. I have no idea what woods the last three are.
Bottom line, I don't want my new guitar to sound like my old one. Any tips on what I should be looking for here?
I am also torn on whether to go with a guitar that has a piezo pickup, or a soundboard transducer. I'm looking more towards the latter though, because it doesn't interfere with the guitar's natural sound as much, and the feedback can be dealt with.
Any suggestions? Thanks!