Mark Clifton-Gaultier wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:38 pm
... but the shape? I hate dreadnoughts - why do they make them like that? There's no appreciable improvement in sound, the proportions are ugly in the extreme, they're virtually always amplified live - what's the point?
I'm with you, I cannot stand dreadnoughts- I much prefer a parlor steel string or a concert (the smaller size, not the grand concert, which both resemble a classical shape.)
If I remember correctly, as Martin moved away from the Stauffer shape guitars, and after designing the X bracing which is now ubiquitous in acoustic, or steel string guitars, he was making
different shaped and larger body steel strings which would be loud enough to be heard in bands, like country and bluegrass.
If you watch Earl Scruggs, who is credited as inventing Bluegrass Banjo by combining elements of Classical fingerstyle arpeggios and Country and Folk music, he was also a talented Guitar player, and would often hold the upper bout of the guitar against his ear to hear his own playing while performing with his band.
I reckon it was a practical development to have a flatter upper bout as a result of this style of playing, as you can see the band would share only a mic or two, and I assume people might also want to copy this style, after having watched one of the all time greats of the bluegrass genre.
But for me the dreadnought is really uncomfortable and I never really liked the sound of it when compared to other styles.