As I am “Contemplating” a 75th Trip Around The Sun present to myself…… Is there a Sonic difference between a Slot head and a paddle head instrument that is “Noticeable”.
I think Bert’s comments on another thread make the restringing problem of a Slot head less of a factor……..
1993 Martin HD-28 IR/Sitka
2001 SCGC F Cutaway Maple/German
2008 SCGC OT Madi/Italian
2015 SCGC OM “The Tree” Hog/ European
2016 SCGC 1934 D45 Braz/ Adi
2016 Taylor K62 CE Limited Edition 12 string all Koa
2019 SCGC FTC Granadillo/Redwood
Life is a journey…not a guided tour,
The Bay,The Gulf Stream , The Open Ocean are particular about who they share their secrets with.
I’ve watched an interview with Richard Hoover before where he stated that it makes a bigger difference on lesser quality instruments, not so much on his Guitars. I’m paraphrasing of course but that was the general message. They are a bit of a pain to restring but I got it pretty much perfect on my second attempt. I’m weirdly looking forward to doing it again! Haha! They look so pretty and isn’t that what its really all about??! I jest!
If there were a “best”, wouldn’t all guitars made by a given builder use the same “best” sounding method? I’ve not had the conversation with Richard, but have been told by other luthiers it does not make any difference with their instruments. I’m pretty capable stringing slots or paddles, but order paddle heads on my custom builds because it’s slightly easier & I prefer the appearance.