Doctor of Teleocity
- Aug 22, 2018
Question on the acoustic front: I like smaller body shapes than typical dreadnought size and am curious about slope shouldered bodies… I have a Gibson L-00 now that I really like and have tried J-45 before. But how many other different slope shoulder types are out there besides those two? (Thinking both contemporary shapes and historic ones…)
I remember seeing a Huss & Dalton model in the past that I liked (pic similar to that one attached- I think it’s their DS model) and I think it was pared down some from J-45 size if I remember right… what other shapes / close variations are out there as well?
Avri, I've already commented that I think of "sloped" shoulder mainly as that group of Martin and Ditson dreads during the time they went from 12 to 14 frets clear. I happen to have a picture of a modern 14 fret D18 next to a J45 which shows the squared upper bout very nicely.
Obviously there are the scale differences and all the other things.
You mention that you prefer smaller guitars to dreads (as do I) and I think the 12 and 14 fret 000 vs OM comparisons are interesting. As you know the original triple oughts were 12 frets clear and most of them were long scale. When Martin created the OM they basically pushed the shoulders down to the 14th fret (there was some moving of bridge and braces too). However Martin also created a 14 fret version of the 000, most of which are short scale. Here is an OM on the left and 12 fret 000 on the right (both long scale). Not a great picture but you can see the differences
I'll add that I learned a long time ago when experimenting with different shapes of guitars to build to fit available cases - I have made three instruments that required custom cases and they were very expensive.
Anyway, good luck finding what you want.