What is the difference between spruce and cedar?

European Spruce Top Guitar (2009 John S. Bogdanovich)
Cedar Top Guitar (Antonio Picado 49)

When choosing a guitar, you'll find most student and concert classical guitars have one of two types of wood: spruce or cedar.

Spruce Top Guitars

Typically spruce top guitars have a brighter and more seperated tone. This lends itself nicely to multi-voiced or polyphonic music such as baroque as it highlights the clarity between each voice.

Cedar Top Guitars

Cedar tops can be described as lending a warmer, rounder tone to a guitar. The blend of voices cedar offers can bring out the depth of romantic music and is characteristic of the Spanish guitar. Many players feel cedar top guitars can project at a greater volume as well.