December 30, 2019 at 5:21 pm #3392Acoustic SoulParticipant
I’ve read that Richard designed his cutaway to not effect the volume or tone of the instruments. I’ve also read that everything on a guitar effects it’s sound.
What are your experiences with cutaways?
I ask because I’m wanting to move to 12 fret guitars for the sound and response. I played a cutaway OM Grand and couldn’t tell much difference between it and mine. Maybe only slight attack and overtone changes but it’s hard to say with different woods and bracing.
I was thinking about whether or not a cutaway on an RS would help or hinder
December 30, 2019 at 8:25 pm #3393Old 97Participant
I have found that a Cutaway sounds no different.
December 30, 2019 at 9:16 pm #3395HankParticipant
I have owned 2 F models over the years.
A F of Ziricote/German (Sold) and a F cutaway of Maple/German that is currently part of the Ramuda
I don’t hear any difference in volume and as they both had German tops I could notice only tonal difference between the B/S woods with the Maple being a bit “Brighter”…..YMMV, etc.
Since I have had the cutaway it has inspired me to learn/play many more alternate voicing chord positions up the neck and to spend more time there.
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
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December 30, 2019 at 11:46 pm #3399tadolModerator
I think there is very little resonating soundboard up there, but it means a slight decrease in the volume of air in the box, which probably has a slight effect on the Helmholz frequency. But honestly, I don’t think I could ever hear a difference even if I tried, and the fretboard access (and possibly the cool factor) certainly make it a very desirable feature –
Lots o’ SCGC guitars! But never ask which is my fav
December 31, 2019 at 2:37 am #3401bond_fanParticipant
I’ve been on several Santa Cruz Guitar Company tours, talked to Richard Hoover, and other builders, and I’ve been told a cutaway won’t affect the tone or volume…
December 31, 2019 at 2:39 am #3403indexlessKeymaster
Welcome Bond Fan….that’s some OM Grand I saw the other night…….Again, welcome, you are free to post
December 31, 2019 at 6:27 am #3405Matt HaydenParticipant
I don’t think a cutaway detracts from the sound in any warm and it definitely does add versatility for people who play above the body joint, which is kind of the point. If a player will use it, get one; if not, don’t bother.
Signed, has a cutaway acoustic which seems to work fine.
January 2, 2020 at 12:39 am #3438Acoustic SoulParticipant
Thanks everyone, a cutaway and an F or FTC style headstock are two of the features I’d like to incorporate into the RS i’m going to get coming up whenever someone buys my OM Grand. I didn’t notice anything unusual about the OM Grand with the cutaway I played in Austin TX
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