Number 14 is a lively and resonant small bodied Classical guitar. This body size is just a bit smaller, improving ergonomics and focus of sound. The harmonics on all frets are effortless to create, with clear sustain on all notes. This will make someone very happy as a concert guitar.
This guitar was made entirely in tribute to my master Peter Oberg. All of the woods were acquired from Peter when he sold off his shop. I also used the jigs he created for side lamination and body outside mold for this guitar. You may notice a different headstock shape than my normal headstock, and that is because he started work on this neck and completed it up to headstock shaping before I bought the partially completed neck from him. Most importantly, I built this the way I build all of my instruments… the way he built them.
This instrument has the following characteristics:
- Western Red Cedar top. Perfectly quartersawn with no runout, stripey grain coloration, and awesome medulary rays throughout. I wish all cedar was this good!
- East Indian Rosewood back and sides.
- Sides are laminated with Port Orford Cedar as the internal wood. This adds mass to the sides, which helps boost sustain and projection.
- Spanish Cedar neck, with Peter’s headstock crown since he created it.
- Gabon Ebony fingerboard
- Brazilian Rosewood 6-hole bridge
- Indian Rosewood bindings with subtle black – green – white purflings
- 645mm scale length, 54mm nut width, 44 mm center to center string spacing at nut
- Partial 20th fret for upper 2 strings
- Mother of pearl side fret marker on 7th fret
- Hauser symmetrical 7-fan bracing
- Hiscox case available