inch 'big swing' model
This is my first
foray into the world of the archtop guitar but one I have been planning
for some time. As an occasional guitarist I have long hankered after a
top quality hand made archtop and the only way I could justify owning
one was to build it myself
As you can see the results are rather splendid and it is an instrument
that I am very proud of!
It is made in the tradition of the great American luthiers (D'Aquisto,
D'Angelico, Benedetto &co) but tempered with a violin makers ethos.
This is a large bodied instrument as I wanted something that would work
well acoustically. It features a 17 inch body (width measured at the
widest part) and a generous rib depth of 3 & 1/2 inches. The neck
is of five peice laminate constuction for ultimate stability, aided by
an adjustable truss rod. The thick rosewood fingerboard is topped by 21
frets and the body cutaway makes access to the higher positions easy.
All the features of the guitar are designed to be both sonically
beneficial and aesthetically pleasing; it is made from
carefully selected tone woods and features both a high quality alpine
spruce belly and beautifully flamed balkan maple back, sides and neck.
Where metal parts are often seen on archtops (in the bridge and the
tailpiece) I have crafted wooden replacements to enhance the tonal
integrity of the instrument.
The instrument is finished a high quality violin oil varnish which is
applied in many layers (over several weeks) to provide a tough yet
flexible covering that will enhance the tone and age gracefully. The
finish on this guitar is a hand graduated sunburst. In keeping with the
ethos of quality and simplicity this instrument features no binding.
It is avaiable both as the purely 'acoustic' version (with ot without
pickguard) and also with a floating pickup and discreet volume and tone
controls mounted on the pickguard.
I will be building these guitars to order so please contact me if you are interested.
Prices start from £2599.