Thursday, 31 January 2019
#25, an archtop acoustic guitar
I want to talk about this guitar:
It's an archtop acoustic guitar built in the style of Robert Benedetto. I followed his design quite closely, with only detail changes such as a cast bronze tailpiece. Although I did diverge from his style in one area: I used different tonewoods to what Benedetto specifies. For the soundboard I used Western Red Cedar instead of Spruce and for the back, sides and neck I used Jarrah, Victorian Ash and Queensland Maple. The neck is also a bit narrower than Benedetto specifications making it good for people with small hands. I guess I like being different. The top and back are carved and graduated from 1 inch thick blanks, not pressed or laminated. This is a very time consuming and exacting job and I realize that I'll never get back in dollars the time it took, but that doesn't really bother me. I wanted to learn and for that it was great. Sound-wise it's good. Quite loud, with a nice percussive voice when playing rhythm passages. The Western Red Cedar top gives a nice mellow "woody" sound. It's set up for rhythm playing, with a higher action that what a lead player might prefer. It has no pickup, though one could easily be fitted for not much cost. It's for sale for $AU1600. I'll make a video of this guitar being played tomorrow and post it here to give an idea of what it sounds like.