For Sale: Acoustic steel-string guitar, handmade in Scotland
Incredibly responsive, clear and well-balanced instrument
Fantastic for all playing styles and all venues, be it in your bedroom, the studio or on stage
This guitar is a medium jumbo acoustic steel-string, completed in early August 2013. The medium jumbo is my biggest guitar shape. As a result of this, it produces a powerful rich bass combined with smooth delicate high-ends and a sweet mid-range for an open modern voice. Due to the curvy lower bout and tight waist, this guitar projects a very loud reverberating and responsive sound. This shape adapts extremely well to both studio and concert environments. I’m really pleased with how this guitar has come together. The action is incredibly low, with no buzzing, and the intonation is spot-on.
It has a cutaway heel, for much easier playability. You can reach the higher frets with much greater ease. The tonewood is triple grade that has been stored and constructed in my humidity controlled workshop.
About the tailpiece and special bridge/saddle system:
You will notice that the guitar is unconventional in the way it is strung up. It is essentially an archtop style bridge and saddle system for an acoustic guitar, meaning it works differently to a traditional steel-string bridge system because the strings excite the top in a totally different way. This produces a different sound character and tonal quality from that of a traditional steel-string guitar. This system works really well with the medium jumbo – typically a fantastic all round guitar – adding much more volume, clarity and balance to the instrument. The solid brass tailpiece was handmade in New England by Erich Solomon, a fantastic archtop guitar specialist. I recommend the Elixir brand of strings for this guitar, as they make them long enough to fit this innovative design.
See the guitar in action here…
Scottish singer-songwriter, Michael Cassidy, generously demonstrated this guitar in the studio for me. There is no pick-up in the guitar so this was recorded using a single studio room mic. The song is played in drop D tuning:
Back & sides: Indian Rosewood
Soundboard: Engleman Spruce AAA Grade
Rosette: Rosewood inlayed with veneer
Purfling: Multi-line black-white-black purfling
Fingerboard & Bridge: Ebony
Headstock backplate: Ebony
Neck: Honduras mahogany AAA Grade
Tailpiece: solid brass
Tuners: Schaller, black with chrome buttons
Finish: High gloss melamine laquer
Lower Bout: 405mm
Upper Bout: 280mm
Scale Length: 630mm
Body Length: 510mm
Body Depth: 110mm
Body Depth At End Graft: 115mm
Overall Length: 1035mm
Nut Width: 45mm
Truss Rod: Double action
14th Fret Join: 55mm
Front Radius: 28ft
Back Radius: 20ft
As always, this guitar has been lacquered by Dave Wilson of D Wilson Guitar Tech. To give you an idea of the quality, Dave charges around £400 per instrument. He also lacquers for world renowned luthier, Stefan Sobell.
Please get in contact should you have any questions. If you are Glasgow-based and would like to try out the guitar, you are more than welcome.
Ricky Claffey builds custom guitars and ukuleles in Glasgow, Scotland.
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