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Thread: Sloped Shoulder vs Dreadnought shape

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    Sloped Shoulder vs Dreadnought shape

    Leave the visual aspect out. I realize most prefer Dread shaped shoulders on their acoustics but a few feel Sloped Shoulder win the "looks" battle.
    My questions to the forum are:
    1. Which sound do you prefer and why
    2. Does one "play" better
    3. Will one develop construction problems sooner - things like cracks, neck, bridge and saddle
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    Hello

    Good topic - but as I'm more a F-shape man - why not include them all?
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    1. Which sound do you prefer and why--Sloped, sounds woodier to me, larger, boomier. I had a J45 once, it was classic slope sound.

    2. Does one "play" better--Square shaped dread, as it is easier on my right shoulder. Slopes seem to jut out a bit more and my cuff does not like it.

    3. Will one develop construction problems sooner - things like cracks, neck, bridge and saddle--I cannot imagine there be a difference.
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    Actually the slope shouder (I think?) is a derivation of the dread or vice versa but either way my preference is the slope. However, I have not read about any irregularities versus a regular dread. To my ears they sound quite similar but how do you really compare unless it is the same maker using the same materials and similar construction techniques.

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    As with all other similar lines of questioning: you simply must have one of each!
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    I prefer the look of a slope because it is a little different, dreads are the most common guitar out there. Beyond both of them, I prefer the look/shape of a typical OM or small jumbo, not so squared looking. Some claim the slope shoulder creates a bit of a warmer or smoother tone, which I do prefer for my style, mellow singing.

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    I prefer the dred look. I'm not sophisticated enough to tell the difference in sound. Of course, this doesn't apply to my many classics.
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    The question is kind of broad and falls into categories that are hard to define. I think if you could find a company that made both styles with everything else being the same, you could test it yourself. But I don't know if that's possible or if any company does that. The dimensions and the shape of the upper bout are somewhat negligible in the overall sound of a guitar with other factors contributing more or less depending on whom you talk to. As far as easier to play, assuming they're the same in every detail and set up the same, again it's going to be a personal preference. Some will find comfort in one, while another will chose the other.

    Taylor came out with it's new Grand Pacific slope shouldered dread with the new V-braced top and I'd like to find one somewhere to see what it sounds like. And before the Taylor haters come out of the woodwork and trash the company and their guitars, EFFING SAVE IT!!! I could care less what you think. I was just stating a personal preference to try one. So keep your vitriol to yourself on that count.

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    Here's a bit of history: https://reverb.com/news/shoulder-to-...adnought-shape
    In general if you search on Google that topic was discussed in every guitar forum at some point in time...
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    I have owned both but as several of you have pointed out very difficult to answer unless same Maker, same Age, same Woods, same Strings, and same Setup. My sloped shoulder was a Mahogany Epiphone Masterbilt less expensive guitar but I loved the sound. And the Dread with squarer shoulders is my DV52. I love the looks of that guitar and the Rosewood sounds wonderful, also.
    I am thinking the guitars are both just fantastic and the difference is really me. My ears, hands and bones have earned the title of "Vintage" and my concern over shape of guitar body seems less a concern today.
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