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
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
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.
always, Rodgers machines (the best in the world!) of my own design,
entirely handmade rosette and purfling, and a lovingly French polished
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$14,000; click here
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Moorish arch heel cap