Tone and playability in design

It's obvious that the perfect guitar is one which is a dream to play and delivers the best possible tone. In reality however, most features that make a guitar more playable are to the detriment of the tone. So what sort of features should you be considering on your dream guitar? I wanted to explain in a little more detail the thinking behind various features that I deem interesting for folk and gypsy jazz guitars, and explain some of the thinking (and consequences) behind different designs. *** 1) Cutaway, or non-cutaway? There's quite a bit of debate around the idea of whether a cutaway is a good idea or not. By adding one you're increasing access to the upper regions of the fretboard, so i

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