my question is if there is a big difference between a dreadnaught and a cutaway in sound
cutaways just make it easier to reach higher frets.
a little bit of a sound diff but not really!
^yeah thats what i thought. i mean how can that one little section make any difference.
Not my experience, people. I play a dreadnought because I think the increased resonance is worth it. However, if you really think you need those upper frets on an acoustic(you usually don't. This isn't a shred machine), then get a cutaway. As long as it's a decent brand, it should sound fine.
The terms dreadnought and cutaway are not mutually exclusive. You can find dreadnoughts with cutaways just like you can find just about any other guitar body size/style with a cutaway. The sound differences for a given body size/style with and without a cutaway are marginal at most.