This year (2007) I am celebrating the event
of building my 100th instrument by offering
two special edition guitars - one with a spruce
top, and one with a cedar top. The spruce is
completed and offered here for sale. The cedar
will be completed this coming fall. If you are
interested in owning the cedar and would like
some personalized elements to go into the instrument,
please contact me. I have selected the materials
but have not started the project. The materials
used on the instrument pictured here, and on
the forthcoming cedar, are from my special ‘stash’,
reserved for occasions like this.
A great spruce guitar has a sound that is difficult
to describe. This instrument has a complicated,
sophisticated sound, with incredible separation
when playing counterpoint, making it quite easy
to bring out different voices within a piece.
The bass is deep, rich and colorful. The trebles
are like silk, clear and penetrating. The sound
is very quick to come off of the top, and the
guitar is exceptionally easy to play with standard
action measurements of 4mm and 3mm bass and
treble respectively. The neck profile is very
comfortable on the treble shoulder, making wide
reaches much easier, with less fatigue. Harmonics
are clear and bright, with a very wide range
of timbre dynamics when moving from playing
next to the bridge to up over the higher frets.
Remarkable sounding guitar with lots of pure
sustain that will continue to improve and mature
as it gets played in. The guitar is quite loud
and will only get louder.
(Click on a picture to see
a larger view)
The back and sides are made of quartersawn Tulipwood
(Dalbergia Frutescens), which is the wood of
choice in South America for marimba keys, due
to its incredible sound qualities. Tulipwood
is a true Brazilian Rosewood, and even more
rare than Dalbergia Nigra. The set is over 20
years old, and is combined with a beautiful
European spruce top that was cut in 1974.
The neck is lightly figured Spanish cedar, the fingerboard
is African ebony, jet black, and has a fine
curl figure to it. There is a 20th fret for
the top two treble strings, making a 'g' and
'c' available. Bridge and head veneer are Brazilian
Rosewood. The tie-block surround is mitered
bone/purfling design. Tuners are Sloan with
black rollers and ebony buttons.
The rosette is my 'Torres Tribute' rope-braid
design in mother of pearl inlaid in an ebony
ring. The instrument also has sound ports in
the upper bout sides that I have been using
since 1998, when Robert Ruck and I started putting
these ports in Rob’s instruments. They
create a nice envelope of sound for the player,
without sacrificing projection. All purflings
are mitered, as you can see in the detail photo
of the bottom of the sides. The spruce top,
tulipwood back and sides, and rosewood bindings
make for a very striking appearance.
The scale length is 655mm, which is 5 mm
more than the standard length. This 5mm is not
noticeable in the left hand, and pushes the
bridge a little closer to the middle of the
lower bout, helping the top function more efficiently.
The nut is 53.5mm wide, the neck is 21.5mm thick
at the nut and 23.5mm thick at the 10th fret.
The case is a TKL double-arch hard shell. The
finish is instrument grade lacquer back, sides
and neck, and the top is French polished with
Price: $6500 SOLD