2010 double top classical: spruce/Indian rosewood

SOLD $14,000
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Back & sides, sound port

 

 

 

It seems these days one has to choose between volume and beautiful tone - but here's a guitar that combines both with a very seductive blend of real power and polished, traditional sound.

I've built this double top soundboard with the unusual combination of European spruce on both the outside and inside. Sandwiched in between is a core of Nomex honeycomb, a technique pioneered by Gernot Wagner and Matthias Dammann. This results in an extremely light, strong, and loud top, controlled here by my bracing pattern, a combination of traditional fans and additional lattices. All of these fans are incredibly fine and stiff, coming from a century-old Steinway grand piano.

The Indian rosewood back and sides add a warm roundness to the spruce clarity, and the sound port in the bass side acts as a monitor for the player's ears. The port also lets the top breathe and really push the sound forward, while the player can hear what's being projected.

Basses are quick, punchy and almost growling when pushed hard, but most of all supportive and distinct from the mids and trebles. Trebles have a real spruce clarity and liquid beauty - insistent, even from note to note, and strong all the way to the 20th fret. Response to a light and colorful touch is immediate and rewarding, yet there is a lot of headroom and forceful playing just reveals reserves of power with no distortion. All of these characteristics combine for a choral sound, somewhat like playing in a masonry cathedral; big, lofty, pure and sweet.

The action is very low and comfortable, impeccably set up, with a nut width of 52.5mm and string spacing at the saddle is 58mm.

As always, Rodgers machines (the best in the world!) of my own design, entirely handmade rosette and purfling, and a lovingly French polished finish.

 

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Moorish arch heel cap
 

 


Bridge with Byers saddle intonation Claro walnut binding with spiral ribbon butt strip  

 

Ebony peghead with wheat purfling EM-designed Rodgers tuners in nickel silver Quilted mahogany veneered volute

 

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Eric Monrad, Luthier
Email: monradguitars@gmailcom 
7566 Eastside Road, Healdsburg, California 95448 
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