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Western Red Cedar is another North American top wood that excels for the fingerstylist. It is a beautiful wood and strikes a very different pose because of its brownish red color. Like Engelmann, it is very responsive and a great choice for folks who play gently with their fingertips or nails. It will overdrive when played hard with a flat pick but provides the warmest of tone when played with the nails. Some guitarists believe this to be the top wood of choice for clarity and balance.  A small drawback of this wood is that it will dent and scratch easily because of its softness so extra care is essential.