Re: When purchasing acoustic Guitars, it's better to get a cutaway.
- From: Cyberserf <cybrserf@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 8 May 2008 04:38:50 -0700 (PDT)
On May 7, 4:25 pm, Nil <rednoise+n...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 07 May 2008, "Greg Cisko" <gci...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
As I said above, if you never play lead, no need for a cutaway.
That's not true. There are lots of chord voicing possibilities that can
take advantage of the higher frets. I'd say that a cutaway would be
more useful for chords than for electric style single-string "lead
guitar" playing, which doesn't usually work so well on acoustic in the
higher register, IMO.
In between the 1st and the 12th fret is an octave...everything after
the 12th is a repetition...the voicings that you can do at the 5th
fret are the same ones that would work at the 17th. there are no extra
ones...the problem with upper register voicings is that the open
strings, while they might ring the correct notes they are not always
the correct pitch, so you're combining say and E4 with an A1, which,
in the wrong sequence, sometimes sounds wonky to my ears. While I
understand the attraction a cutaway might have for a lead player, I
simply fail to understand why anyone would want to bother with a barre
chord on the 17th fret...in makes no sense...oh sure, you can walk a
bunch of triads or diads all around the upper frets and call them
chords, or you can do full voicings (if you care to crunch up your
fingers in those narrow spaces), but why bother...there are dozens of
difference voicings that can be accomodated in much more accessible
spots. As for your electric style single string lead...never heard of
'em...I play lead on all strings, and cutaway or not, on all
frets...the single cutaway makes the upper register slightly easier to
get too...though your thumb may still get lost since it can't wrap
around...it would be much easier if it were a double cutaway or 17th
fret to the body ;-)
Myself, I prefer full bodies guitars simply because I can hear the
difference...and it isn't just the tone, the projection and sonic feel
of the instrument seem different to me as well. Fact is, a preference
is a preference and while some might prefer it, unless they have some
psychological issues, no one actually "needs" a cutaway to play
guitar...everyone managed fine for centuries without it.
BTW, When I play live, I play all my lead work on an
acoustic...spending a serious amount of time around the 12-17th (I
like the 1st position pentatonic E shape at the 12th for blues)...all
on an acoustic non-cut...I'm told (by the venue owners) that it sounds
great and it is certainly easy enough to reach with a little
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