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The latter braced jumbo acoustic has a different sound than the forward braced acoustics like a Martin or Gibson. I really enjoy the ladder braced acoustic, mine is a 1968 Harmony Sovereign H1265. The pick guards have been reglued and even though they are jumbo pick guards and there are two of them, it doesn't dampen the sound of the top vibrating too much, (like the Everyly Brothers Gibson for example). It has a big chunky neck, which I like a lot, but it's so wide that some capos don't fit up past the 5th fret, but G7th capos do and they work great.