The market of acoustic guitars with a cutaway is absolutely dominated by Taylor, because most cutaway acoustics are made with a concert body shape. Taylor calls this their "grand auditorium" design, and they've definitely perfected it. So I'll cover my two top recommendations from Taylor, then hit three other brands. But this roundup could truly be all Taylor guitars. At any rate, if you have questions about any of these acoustics, let me know in the comments section below.
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5 Best Acoustic Guitars with Cutaways
1. Taylor 314ce Acoustic
Best Acoustic with Cutaway Overall
Taylor acoustics can get really expensive, but the 314ce is one of my favorite recommendations since it's an ideal balance of price and quality. Again, Taylor is king when it comes to concert acoustics and cutaways, and the 314ce is one of their best offerings.
2. Taylor 214ce Concert Body Acoustic
Best Acoustic with a Cutaway on a Lower Budget
The Satin finish on the 214ce is a little less "flashy" but this acoustic guitar can save you a lot of money, and still give you the same practical perks that we see in the 314ce.
3. Martin SC-13E Acoustic Guitar
Best Modern Cutaway Acoustic
Now we get to switch brands. The Martin SC-13E is an excellent modern-style acoustic with a steep cutaway, S-shaped body and a Fishman pickup/preamp system. Further improving comfort and playability is the absence of a heel at the top of the neck (back of the neck) where it connects to the body, which gives your thumb plenty of room.
4. Martin GPC-16E Cutaway Acoustic
Best Warm Acoustic Guitar with a Cutaway
Taylor does bright and Martin does warm. That's all there is to it. And the Martin GPC-16E is a great example of a high-value acoustic that will get you the cutaway, but also give you back some of the warmth and strumming you might miss from the first three guitars in this list.
5. Yamaha AC5R Acoustic Guitar
Best Cutaway acoustic for Balanced Tone
The AC5R is one of Yamaha's more popular acoustics, and a nice aesthetic deviation from the other acoustics we've covered, despite a similar tonewood recipe. It's a "western" body style and cutaway, with a darker (I guess you could call it?) coloring and pickguard. Once again, Rosewood gives it the warmth while the Sitka Spruce adds brightness.
Summary of our cutaway acoustic guitar recommendations.
Even with some great options from other reputable brands, acoustic guitars with cutaways are always going to be Taylor's specialty. I'd recommend getting real picky if you go outside of that brand.
Either way, you'll need to take stock of your situation and preferences - variables that I can't foresee.
Do your homework, and use this as a loosely held roadmap.
If you have questions, hit me up in the comments section below.
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