Acoustic Guitars
Discover our Acoustic Guitars.
So what's the difference?
You can only really tell by playing them!
There are many great X-braced acoustic guitars out there, it's a good formula that has worked for a long time, but what if it's not the last word? What if there is a different approach that could change the way it plays and sounds, maybe for the better? I set about trying to find out, and what I came up with has created a bit of a stir with those who have played it.
A true flat top
The first thing that seems to pop out is a lack of soundhole - we'll get to that. In short, I figure the vibrating plate on the front of any instrument should have the best chance it can of projecting sound. If that plate also has to hold the tension of the strings, then putting a big hole in the most stressed part is going to have an interesting effect. So the hole has to go. The use of a 12 fret neck to body join on a traditional 14 fret body also moves the bridge further back, which means it is driving the plate from the centre of the lower bout.
This results in quite a bit more volume than you would expect from a concert sized guitar, with a level of sustain that is amazing.
A slight change of focus
Standard fingerboards are ebony with stainless steel ball-end frets. This gives a great feel, and more actual usable fret crown for any width of fingerboard. The real change is at the top of the fingerboard, where the wood is scalloped away to allow your right hand to get to that sweet spot on the strings. The tonal variations you can get by moving your right hand are huge. It's unusual on an acoustic guitar to use the frets I've left out, however if you get up the dusty end a lot, the neck can be fretted right up to the end.
So that's where the hole went!
TWO sound ports. One on the side of the upper bout. This puts the player right in the front row, you now get the best sound from your guitar, without sacrificing the quality the audience gets. The other hole, on the back, gives some very interesting effects, can be used very effectively for micing, and will also give you some great first reflection reverb if you sit with your back to a wall. It's like surround sound from a guitar!
Internal construction
The bracing is a modified version of the old classic A bracing, which is designed specifically to hold the tension of the strings and distribute any vibrations to the top, without any breaks in the structure for the full length of the strings, whilst allowing the top to move as freely as possible. This full length structure enables the strings to transfer more energy into the top, but continue to vibrate for longer.