A cutaway is the “scooped” indentation in a guitar’s upper, treble-side bout (near the neck), which allows access to the upper frets. Many players moving to acoustic guitars grew accustomed to the cutaways on their electric guitars. Others simply like the freedom of movement into the upper register that a cutaway allows. For many players, cutaways are favored as much for their aesthetic appeal as for their function. Taylor’s Acoustic/Electric models from the 300 Series up come standard with a cutaway. We offer two main cutaway styles: a softer Venetian (with several variations) and a sharper Florentine.
Standard on all “ce” models in the 300 Series through the Presentation Series, the Venetian cutaway is known for its soft, round lines. The sloping peak of the cutaway will vary depending on the shape of the guitar. The Grand Concert, Grand Auditorium, and Grand Symphony have a steeper slope, while the Dreadnought and Jumbo are a bit flatter. Our Grand Concert nylon-string models also feature a subtle, flatter slope, while our 100 and 200 Series cutaway models incorporate our flattest slope.
A Florentine cutaway comes to a sharp point, creating a horn-like shape. It is more complex and labor-intensive than the Venetian, but is available as an option on the 500 Series and up, including those with different neck widths, and left- or right-handed models.
Our soft cutaway has a flatter slope than our standard Venetian style. Grand Concert nylon-string models feature a subtler version, while our 100 and 200 Series cutaway models incorporate a flatter style.
There’s a lot to be said for the clean, traditional look of a non-cutaway acoustic guitar, which is why we offer a line of non-cutaway models. If you don’t plan to play in the upper register, or simply prefer the symmetrical hourglass contours of a guitar, a non-cutaway model is a great option.