Guitar No. 32
Last year I began experimenting with a larger plantilla. It all started after I ordered some spruce top plates from British Columbia that arrived with a template outline that was quite a bit larger than what I had been using for the past three years. If nothing else, there was one less barrier to developing a new, larger shape, so I quickly adopted it and have slowly modified the shape with new templates and forms. A larger plantilla doesn't necessarily imply a lower resonance, but it does provide a larger soundboard surface area.
In addition to using this larger plantilla, this guitar represents a bit more ambition in details. The new rosette color scheme was inspired by a ball of yawn I saw at Hobby Lobby and the octagonal shape hopefully adds a touch of distinction beyond the mosaic pattern therein.
The guitar performs superbly in its projection, deep resonance and clarity in the upper register. With this larger plantilla I really wanted to acheive an instrument with an increased pressence and increased overall top thickness. I think I can say mission accomplished. Expect continued experiments with this design throughout 2016.
- -Western red cedar soundboard
- -Lattice Bracing
- -Indian rosewood back and sides
- -African mahogany neck with ebony reinforcement
- -Padauk bridge
- -Handmade, natural wood rosette and purfling
- -Friction resistant tuning machines
- -7th fret position marker
- -1/2” fingerboard elevation at 12th fret
- -Fret height = .057” / Fret width = .110”
- -Nut - 52mm nut width Saddle - 59mm string spacing