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« on: June 17, 2009, 12:57:29 AM »

This should apply to many of you who have new Forum III Larrivees but any guitar that fits this description is germain to my guestion.  I wonder how easy it is to access frets 12 and beyond.  I would assume those with a cutaway have an advantage, but what do I know I haven't tried one.  Has anyone had the pleasure of comparing cutaway and regular body in this regard?

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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2009, 01:22:17 AM »

Without a cutaway, it's tough. With a cutaway, it's much easier.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2009, 01:30:46 AM »

Haven't had the opportunity to try a cutaway, but it is not so easy to get past 12 on my 2 12 fretters.  I get lost up there at this point so it isn't an issue for me.  I love playing them.

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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2009, 10:35:35 AM »

It's a question of how often do you go past the 12 fret.  Is it 1 or 2 songs or do you spend a lot of time at that end of the fretboard?  I play up there one several tunes I do but it's just something you have to get used to if you plan on owning a 12 fret guitar. 

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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2009, 11:17:39 AM »

I say keep down the bottom end.  12-fretters are much more comfortable to play and I'm sure the bridge placement enhances the sound quality.  I can see why some people need cutaways, but personally I feel they can look a bit ugly.
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2009, 12:35:15 PM »

Just need to get someone to build steel strings with my patented bent top design. The classical guys love it! Gives great upper fret access with out the need of a cut a way.
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« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2009, 02:58:47 PM »

Just need to get someone to build steel strings with my patented bent top design. The classical guys love it! Gives great upper fret access with out the need of a cut a way.


That's very cool Jim....yeah, I'd love to try that guitar with some steel strings...

Why don't you re-work your bracing pattern and try to build one yourself?
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« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2009, 03:44:13 PM »

having never been into cutaways and also owning a 12 fret I've gotten use to turning my hand to play note pass the neck joint with no problem.It just comes from practice.
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« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2009, 04:02:31 PM »

That's very cool Jim....yeah, I'd love to try that guitar with some steel strings...

Why don't you re-work your bracing pattern and try to build one yourself?
  Time.  No Time. I have always some classical guitars to build so a steel string will likely never come.
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« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2009, 08:03:15 PM »

Oh! That;s what your bent tops are about. What a great idea. +1
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