year I make a guitar "off the list" to exhibit at the annual Guitar
Foundation of America convention. This year it's a double top of spruce
and cedar with Brazilian rosewood back and sides. The spruce is some of
the most extreme "hazelfichte" ever seen, and the Brazilian has
remarkable "ink" figuring.
My double top is made in the style of Wagner and Dammann; two thin
soundboards sandwiched together with a Nomex honeycomb layer in between.
This results in an incredibly light but strong soundboard. The same
technology is used (with aluminum) to make wings on the largest
result, with this guitar, is concert-hall volume with robust basses that
seem to pump sound out into the room, and beautiful liquid trebles that
are incredibly even all the way up to the 20th fret. The tonal color
palette is huge, the main reason I'm embracing this technology in
addition to my traditional model. This
guitar projects well and at the same time surrounds the player with
sound--one player commented it was like "playing in stereo."
The Brazilian back also has a very thin cedar soundboard laminated at
its interior, which contributes to its very lush, velvety tone, and
provides added stability.
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