||The guitar, in its essential elements, is a
simple instrument. Yet choices of
materials, and subtle variations in dimension and design, can yield
near-infinite changes in playability, volume, timbre, sustain, tonal balance,
and attack characteristics—not to mention appearance. Even for a customer who arrives with preconceived
preferences—a steel-stringed Dreadnought, for example—I encourage a careful
review of his or her expectations of the end result in terms of playing and
listening experience. After an
initial interview, the choices of scale length, neck dimensions, body size and
shape, string spacing—as well as selection of woods—can all be made to enhance
collectively the desired outcome.
|An 00 size instrument with a 12 fret neck, 1.875" wide at the nut.
Sitka Spruce top with bound ebony fingerboard.
|This is another 00 instrument with Brazilian rosewood back.
|A modified Dreadnought body with 14 fret neck, 1.688" wide at the
nut. Sitka spruce top, curly koa back and sides, bound ebony fingerboard,
herringbone rosette, clear pickguard, and a spalted curly koa peghead overlay.