What’s the difference between solid top and laminate guitars?
A solid top is a single piece of wood that has been carefully shaped and fitted. You can usually spot a solid top by looking closely at the soundhole. Because the soundhole has been cut into the wood, you should be able to see a cross-section of the grain.
A laminated top is made of more than one piece of wood. For a laminated top, thin layers are joined together using a combination of adhesives, pressure, and heat.
Guitar makers commonly use laminated tops for a guitar because it requires less wood and is easier to make.
Typically, a solid top guitar will produce better sustain and richer resonance, and will only sound better as they get older. Laminated tops won’t age in the same way, so they don’t have the same benefit in terms of sound as solid tops.