Acoustic soundboard --the cutaway question

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Acoustic soundboard --the cutaway question

Post by Barry on Sun Jul 15, 2018 12:14 pm

Ever wonder if a cutaway on an acoustic has any effect on its sound?
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Post by corsair on Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:53 pm

Interesting, eh?!

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Re: Acoustic soundboard --the cutaway question

Post by Barry on Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:11 pm

My gut always said that it would have to.
And it does.
But not enough to make pinch of poo difference.

The better access to the upper frets is worth any small loss of bass frequency you might experience. And frankly my ears are so fried after all these years of playing that I couldn't tell a heck of a lot of difference anyway. Neutral

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Post by gittarasaurus on Sun Jul 15, 2018 7:27 pm

really nice Sigma guitar i've had nearly 40yrs, spruce top/mahogany sides and back, rosewood fingerboard

and an auction find from around the same time period (was 10 - 20 years old when i got it at auction) the guitar is branded Franciscan, hand made in Korea in 60's or 70's. surprisingly good player even still today, with spruce top, mahogany sides and back, ebony fingerboard

the Sigma has a much more focused, higher resonant tone compared to the Franciscan. the Franciscan a fuller sounding lower end. the Sigma definitely does not project the volume that the Franciscan does.
they exhibit pretty much what is described in the article.

i think the question of 'will i lose tone' is not the right question, rather, 'what tone am i after' or 'what can i do with the sounds this guitar makes'

from my experience, acoustic guitars of different styles have quite distinctly different tonal character. each one i own has its particular sound. you have to choose acoustic guitars by the sound they make and how you can use that as your palette with which to "paint".
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