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I mostly (95%) play in a fingerpicking style, with a little bit of nail, and plenty of skin too, especially my thumb
I’ve been having a rethink on some of my opinions after reading a post from Nigel Forster: he says that a dreadnought he built (with the rest of the spec the same as his normal non-dread designs) is the best fingerpicking guitar he has ever worked on
I had always gone with the flow (mostly), by aiming for Jumbo
and Auditorium models, but when I went and checked, I realised that 3 of my 5
favourite guitars are dreadnoughts.
For me, my best sounding 2 are the Avalon L1-320C (12 fret baritone). My other top guitar is a Goodall RCJ (Jumbo Rosewood cedar). The next 3 are all dreadnoughts, 2 of them are 12 fret
My first serious acoustics were Larrivees, I sold them all except a 12-fret slope-shoulder dread SD-60, which sounded amazing. 2 years ago I picked up a baritone version of the same, which also sounds amazing, both worlds beyond the normal Larrivee 50s
I am thinking that the extra mids from larger bodies and tone from 12 frets really work for me.
I seem to definitely prefer larger bodies. I went to Frailers and tried Lowden O, F and S models, the O won by a mile for me
I am wondering if a 12-fret Dread or Super jumbo body with a cutaway would be a good idea, I rarely go beyond the 14th fret on an acoustic.
Am I right in thinking that the wider waist on a dread is what adds the mid frequencies? Would a super jumbo compete?