Yes I spelled guitars incorrectly .... In my latest expansion of a hobby instruments I was contemplating getting a Cello again. I had picked up cello a few years ago in high school but a couple years ago I sold it. One of my favorite things was playing "jazz" cello by putting it horizontally on my lap and, playing the bass part of some pieces I know. Pretty neat picking the strings. Thus I was searching around for a new cello. But a few years ago I also was looking at adding the bass guitar. Now as I was thinking of where I would actually play the cello it dawned on me (nowhere !!) versus where I could play a bass guitar (about anywhere). Thus I have dropped the notion of a cello and am moving forward on a nice bass guitar. Now unbemongst to me my kids upon overhearing this were ecstatic. But now I am reading about how a different pin material can change the tonal aspect of the guitar. Go figure. All the different woods, pins, and so forth can affect all the little tonal nuances. But, upon watching the Discovery channel a couple weeks ago they reviewed "tone woods" A couple good initial reads on this subject are: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonewood and The second link refer to rosewood variances http://www.frets.com/fretspages/musician/guitar/ToneWoods/tonewoods1.html One of the interesting items I read was how ebony is rarely used as a tonewood. Coming from the material aspect of clarinets and such I found this interesting. In keeping with the "cello" aspect I am looking at a Godin fretless semi acoustic bass guitar. Fun !! http://www.godinguitars.com/godina45ultrap.htm At this point I know next to nothing about the bass guitar species !!