Archtops are generally considered “jazz” guitars. However, relegating a particular style of music to a particular type of instrument not only limits the music. It limits the imagination of the instrument maker. This guitar represents an attempt to stretch beyond how an archtop “should” sound and explore how it “could” sound.
This guitar represents an experiment in design. It combines the best elements of both archtop and flat top guitars produce something truly unique. The arching is kept low to increase flexibility of the top. It is also carved significantly thinner than a “typical” archtop plate. As on most of my other guitars, this model features a hollow bridge with a bone saddle to minimize weight and maximum sustain. Finally, the offset, round soundhole serves to boost the low end of the guitar without compromising the structural integrity of the arch. Consequently, the soundhole being closer to the player also lets the player hear the dynamic voice of the guitar more intimately.
The end result is is a sound that preserves the clarity of an archtop with the low end and sustain more often associated with larger flat top guitars.
|Fingerboard||East Indian Rosewood|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||East Indian Rosewood|