This is a nylon stringed classical guitar with 5 additional sub-base strings. An extended box-arm supports the headstock for the extended basses, and provides a much larger resonating body than a standard classical body allows. A secondary sound hole with a simple rosette acts as a sound port. The result is rich and strong extended basses, while not compromising in the trebles at all.
- Engleman Spruce top. Perfectly quartersawn with no runout, and gentle silking throughout. Very difficult to source this in the length needed to reach all the way to the bass headstock.
- Sapele back and sides. Sapele is an African ribbon striped mahogany that is readily available in large sizes as required in the long back and sides.
- Sapele for neck and both headstocks.
- East Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
- East Indian Rosewood Bridge that is split into two separate tie blocks to allow the top to vibrate freely.
- East Indian Rosewood bindings and rosette details.
- African Ebony headplate veneers front and back on both headstocks.
- 645mm scale length, 53mm nut width, 44 mm center to center string spacing at nut.
- Asymmetrical top bracing to add color and interest to the sound.
- Fine green line in the purflings to add a touch of color
- Wittner Fine-tune pegs. The fine tuning of modern machines with the style of violin pegs.
I only had a couple of days to play on this instrument before delivery, and I recorded a bit of dreadful playing. My left hand is just not up to the challenge of playing much anymore. But this quick cell-phone video does capture the sound of the instrument.