Cutaway ?

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  1. Brett Fuzz

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    I used to be a cutaway fan.

    Now I have completely changed my mind. I think it looks a bit naff.

    Especially the ones that look like a shark took a bite.

    I guess playability is better for those who venture that far up the fretboard.

    I'm back in the non cutaway fan club.

    Anyone agree/disagree ?
     
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    I like the look of cutaways but I have absolutely no (talent) use for one
     
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    I can't live without em'.
    Some guys do just fine without em'.
    Tommy Emmanuel leaps to mind.
    I like to have the whole dern fingerboard to play, so ....
     
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    D'ya reckon they take away anything from the tone/volume ?
     
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    I had a guitar magazine with an interview from a big name luthier and they had a quote from him saying the cutaway didn't have any effect on the tone of the instrument.

    The next month the same magazine had an interview with a different big name luthier and quoted him as saying cutaways didn't sound as good.

    So there's your definitive answer.
     
  6. Brett Fuzz

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    I just bought a Taylor Big Baby and it has no cutaway but also no traditional style neck join/heel.

    This is the best of both worlds for me as it plays more like an electric and you can access the dusty end slightly easier.

    It's just an aesthetic thing with me now. I'm prefering the 'traditional' look I guess.

    Not that I know anything about acoustics. This is my first ' half decent' acoustic I've owned.:)
     
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    I've never really liked the look of a cutaway on an acoustic, but that's just me. Of course I also care much for the sound of leads being played past the 12th fret on an acoustic either. Yeah the notes are there but there just isn't enough clarity and sustain. Of course my opinion really means nothing so buy what you like and play it the way you want!
     
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    Some of people think the cutaway lessens volume and
    increases the treble response slightly.
    My James Goodall RCJC, a jumbo cutaway model, just sounds incredible to me.
    It has great solo/single note definition.
    My friend's non cutaway model jumbo sounds great, but I like mine more.
     
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    I'm a fan of traditional-appearing acoustics and have never been able to bond with acoustics with cutaways. The cutaway gives access to the portions of the fingerboard that I use the least, and that have the thinnest sound with fewer overtones. But - - with anything guitar-related, there's room for lots of different opinions.
     
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    This is a proper cutaway - Jerry Reed style ;-)
     

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    Daaaaaang it, son!
     
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    I prefer acoustics to be non-cutaway and no electronics. I also rarely play for crowds, so that probably has quite a bit to do with it...
     
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    I don't think I could ever buy a cutaway. Just a personal prejudice... I think they're ugly. :twisted:
     
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    I need those notes up there where the neck joins that big ol' chunk o' wood, so yeah, gotsta have a cutaway. Besides, Larrivee cutaways look great.
     
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    I like the traditional non-cutaway look on a dreadnought- Cutaways on a dread just look 'goofy' to me. They seem more proportionate (? and pleasing to the eye to me on a GA/00/000 size acoustic. I play all kinds of music on a Martin dread, and really have no trouble getting high hotes I need w/o a cutaway (say up to the 17th fret on high E/B strings, just single notes...) Just me!;)
     
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    Florentine cutaways on acoustic guitars -- not so much. Maybe that's what the OP meant by shark bite.

    But this Goodall 14-fret palour guitar -- sexy!

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    On an acoustic, I like the looks of the non-cutaway, and I really don't need the access to the higher frets. On an acoustic-electric, I like the access to the higher frets, and any effect on tone doesn't really matter because I'm using EQ, etc., so I like a cutaway.
     
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    On Jazz boxes, yes. On acoustics, no. Mostly just for the sake of appearances. I love them on Selmer-Maccaferris.

    As for playability, I'm nowhere near good enough for it to really matter.
     
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    I was really going to get an acoustic-electric with a cutaway this time around (my first acoustic guitar was a Takamine G-series with no cutaway). I liked the looks of the Fender T-Bucket series and a couple other brands had decent-looking low-ish range ($300-$500) guitars with cutaways. But then I saw the Epiphone Hummingbird, which I think is about the coolest looking acoustic guitar (including Ephiphone and Gibson Hummingbirds here) on the planet, and realized that I'm _highly_ unlikely to miss having easy access to those high frets anyway. :)

    In other words: this one: (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gibson-hummingbird-pro-cutaway-acoustic-electric-guitar) I find vastly inferior to this one: (http://www.musiciansfriend.com/gibson-hummingbird-acoustic-electric-guitar).

    And would even if the cutaway one had the traditional 'bird scratchguard.
     
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    That's a BEAUTY !
     
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