2008 double top classical: cedar/Madagascar rosewood

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This instrument's top is two thin cedar soundboards sandwiched together with Nomex in the style of Gernot Wagner and Matthias Dammann. The back and sides are beautiful ink-figured, perfectly quartersawn Madagascar rosewood (a true Dalbergia, like Brazilian).

 

 

 

This is an incredible-sounding instrument; quick, responsive, and powerful, very similar to my last double top (description of that one here). The basses are very firm, almost aggressive, and provide a great counterpoint to the lush, singing trebles. Sustain is long, and there is a vast array of tonal colors available to the player with the slightest change in technique. Double top construction offers great volume, sustain, and "surround sound" tone as well, but the easily accessible wide range of tonal colors is one of the most exciting aspects of this type of construction.

 

Tuners on this instrument are Rodgers of my design, which is based on a Torres tuner replacement I did (see those here, illustration 29 at bottom of page). The rosette and headstock and butt ornamentation are handmade by me after designs by Simplicio and Torres. Headstock and bindings are ebony; the back of the headstock is quilted mahogany. The bridge has a 12-hole tie block. The scale is 650 mm with a 20th fret, and both nut and saddle intonation are compensated at each string with the Byers method. The frets are a new gold alloy which is much harder and longer-wearing than the traditional nickel silver fretwire and does not tarnish.

 

The neck is cedar with my Moorish arch heel cap, and the entire guitar is French polished to a high gloss. This instrument plays very easily and is set up with a low saddle; an additional medium-action saddle can be made upon request.

A double-arched TKL 9100 case is included; shipping is extra and billed at cost. The usual five-day approval policy applies; details here.

 

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Eric Monrad, Luthier
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