Check Out These TASTY Slope Shoulder Dreadnoughts • Acoustic Tuesday 291

Have you ever seen such tasty sunburst, slope shoulder dreadnoughts?

I’m a proud owner of two slope shoulder dreadnoughts and let me tell you, they’re a real treasure in any guitarist’s collection. These guitars are known for their deep, rich sounds, creating a broad audio landscape that contrasts sharply with the laser-focused sound of their square shoulder counterparts.

The first star of today’s show is the Santa Cruz Vintage Southerner. This guitar is a true jack of all trades. Its high-quality woods, precise craftsmanship, and the unmistakable Santa Cruz touch all blend together to produce a sound that’s as rich and full as you can get. It’s great for instrumentals and recording, filling the room with balanced, vibrant tones. With its responsive top and comfortable playability, it’s no wonder the Vintage Southerner has earned its place in my collection.

Next up, we have the Atkin J43. If you thought the Santa Cruz was versatile, wait until you get a load of this one. The Atkin J43 is a powerhouse of versatility, making it an excellent choice for both fingerpicking and flatpicking styles. Its balanced tone, robust volume, and the warmth it brings to the table make it a standout choice for any recording or instrumental performance. The craftsmanship is, of course, top-notch, as we’ve all come to expect from Atkin guitars.

So, stick around as we delve into the nuanced world of slope shoulder dreadnoughts. Whether you’re a seasoned player or a beginner, there’s something to learn and appreciate about these amazing instruments.

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Featured in this episode…
– Santa Cruz Guitar Co  
– Atkin Guitar Company  
– Candy Rat Records  
– Molly Tuttle  
– Chicago Music Exchange  
– Colter Wall  

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  1. Hey Tony!
    Thought you should know, Premier Guitar magazine just published an interview where Billy Strings and Molly Tuttle interview each other! It was interesting to read how even these two great guitarists experience fear and trepidation before performing, and how they are each in awe of the other’s playing ability and think they could never do what the other one does. Check it out!

  2. Great show Tony. Over the last few years, I have watched you play the guitar, explaining not singing.
    (well done) When you start to sing, you change, You go into your head. It’s a process that seems to happen with most artists. Is it Possible to explain the Journey there? Does that just come with the long game, when playing just happens without concentration? I can’t really say I feel comfortable playing.
    Thinking about everything before the sound, that I miss the sound and try and catch up. Hopefully you get what I mean. May I ask for a pearl of wisdom, Sir?
    Have a Grateful Day, Tony!

  3. hi Tony: I’m having trouble following your instructions cant log in cant find tab all I can do is watch its probably something I’m doing Please help its so disheartening.

  4. Enjoyed your rendition of MOONSHINER. I think I might like to learn that song. Thanks for sharing. I liked the sound of both instruments you demo’d.

  5. Tony,

    You mentioned scale leights on the guitars you profiled. Can you do a segment on the impact of scale leingths on differ guitar styles?

  6. I prefer the Santa Cruz. Sounds bigger and more open. I’ve got a Minerva Roy Smeck Stag Master Deluxe. Designed after the original Gibson model. It’s a 12 fret boomer, in a good way. Love it.

  7. Tony, great show on slope-shoulder Dreads! Another dreadnaught has been whispering to my hands… The second piece you played on the Atkins was deep and rhythmic, dug it- were you in an alt tuning? I like listening to on Pandora and got ITunes …pandora plays more of your Lp’s. Best to ya .. Go Hurricanes!

  8. Hey, Tony! Good to hear you singing – and in your “outside voice”! ( It used to sound as if you were afraid someone would hear you!) I always knew that voice was in there! I barely recognized the two songs you sang, the tunes were so different, but that’s what it’s all about. Are you putting together a new album? I have all your others and would definitely buy a new one ….. As for the guitars, I like the Santa Cruz – it seemed a bit mellower. But dreadnaughts are too big for me to play comfortably, so ……. Play and sing on, my friend!

  9. Love the show as usual. I’m 69. So to hear you play the Wreck of the Old 97, and Bonapartes Retreat demoing your guitars was very nice. Dad was a country fan so I learned the in the 60’s.

  10. I love hearing you play longer and especially singing! You have a great voice! I love the sound of these slope shoulder guitars!

    1. Also hard to pick between the two. The Atkins is a little more muted sounding or I guess less overtoned and I really like the more folky sound of it for the mix of picking and strumming, but I love both.