Our dreadnought body formed the foundation for the new guitar. It's been an astoundingly successful shape since we launched it. Mahogany was the obvious wood choice to for the back and sides. It is a wonderful tone wood for highlighting higher frequencies. How did we add back in the power in the lower registers? The secret is in the top wood. Cedar tops are our specialty. Really exceptional Cedar - the kind you need for really exceptional guitars - is expensive. Most guitar makers have to build a dealer markup into their prices so they often don't use the really good stuff. We're not constrained by expensive distribution so we use only top quality wood and hand select each book matched pair. The cedar top of the Canadian Songwriter has an open grain which works beautifully with Mahogany B/S. The combination of open grain top wood and light weight Indonesian Mahogany projects clear and strong bass frequencies.