Local Wood Steel String:
Ambition Fingerstyle Walnut

This is the second guitar we have consistently built of local woods for the Holy Grail Guitar Show 2016. The body of this  fingerstyle model with a 63 cm scale is entirely made of Walnut, that is, the top is made of Walnut too. This absolute unique piece is now for sale.

Description

Wood

The goal of the Local Wood Challenge was to build a guitar entirely made of wood grown in the vicinity of the luthier. As tropical timber is becoming increasingly scarce and imports are increasingly regulated by trade restrictions, this is ecologically worthwile. With these guitars, we are demonstrating that instruments made of local woods can sound and look as good as the ones made of tropical wood.

For this Ambition Fingerstyle, we have chosen Walnut for back, sides and top, that is, back and sides are of spalted Walnut whereas the top is of “normal” Walnut. The neck is also made of Walnut.The wood originates from a neighboring village. Fingerboard, bridge, bindings, tail wedge, headstock veneer and soundhole inlay are made of Bog Oak found in a swamp in Bavaria.

Configuration

Body shape and bracing are a slightly downscaled form of our top seller Ambition Fingerstyle. We felt that copper machine heads do fit very well with the colour of this Western guitar. That’s why we chose Grand Tune Vintage Copper Tuners by Schaller. We also provided the bridge pins with copper dots. Even the acorn inlay is completely made of North Sea Oyster, which was handpicked by the master himself. Thus we could also take account of the local concept and avoid long distance transports.

With a nut width of 46 mm and a scale length of 63 cm, it is ideal for the targeted purpose of fingerstyle blues.The strings are, as usual, made by Elixir.

Handling and Sound

Lightweighted, easy to play, quick response, our hallmarks were realized with this extraordinary fingerstyle blues guitar. The full Walnut body exudes a sense of solidity. As the tonal concept is based on full Mahogany guitars, it features a crisp and rootsy sound. Like Mahogany, Walnut supports middle and low mid range very well. But while Mahogany slightly affects the treble in favour of these frequencies, Walnut surprises with an absolutely balanced sound. Effortlessly,  powerful, concise, crisp heights respond to the lightest touch with an even more present articulation than Mahogany.

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Specifications
Type:

Steel String Guitar

Back/Sides: Walnut, AAA
Top: Walnut, AAA
Neck: Walnut, spanish constructed heel
Neck Width at Nut: 46 mm
Scale Length: 63 cm
Fingerboard: Bog Oak
Nut/Bridge: Bone
Machine Heads: Schaller Grand Tune Vintage Copper
Strings: Elixir
Finish: Nitrocellulose, satin-gloss
Weight: 1,690 g
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Local Wood Steel String:
Ambition Fingerstyle Cherry / Spruce / Plum

A guitar entirely made of native woods. This was the special task that the Holy Grail Guitar Show 2016 has presented to their exhibitors. We built even two guitars and mastered the challenge with flying colors. Both are fingerstyle models, one with 63 cm scale and completely of walnut, the one here presented comes with a standard scale length of 65 cm and back and sides made of cherry. This absolute unique piece is for sale.

Description

Woods

The guideline for the construction of a guitar within the scope of the Local Wood Challenge was to build an instrument entirely from the woods of the region. Tropical woods are becoming scarce and are increasingly governed by restrictions on trade. The aim of the Local Wood Challenge is to demonstrate that instruments built using local regional woods can be just as good sounding and looking as instruments built using tropical woods.

For this Ambition Fingerstyle we chose Cherry, grown directly in our neighbourhood for back and sides. The top is made of Alpine Spruce. While the neck is also made of cherry,  fingerboard, bridge, bindings, tail wedge, headstock veneer and soundhole inlay are made of plum. The tree grew in the garden of our old workshop and was chopped personally by Christian Stoll in 1988.

Equipment

Body shape and bracing are in line with the successful standard model Ambition Fingerstyle . As an additional design element, we inserted a small triangle of plum on the back, which elegantly elongates the tail wedge. Our most elegant extra, however, is the inlay in the fingerboard. Instead of shipping Abalone over several continents, we have consequently utilised North Sea Shell, which was also hand-picked by the master. Matching the wood, it is a cherry blossom.

For tuning we have equipped this fingerstyle guitar with Schaller Selmer gold machine heads, the nut width of 46.5 mm is ideal for fingerstyle. The strings are, as usual, by Elixir.

Handling and Sound

This blond beauty exudes nobility. She proudly presents her lyrical talent with singing trebels and silvery overtones, elegantly supported by a well-dosed midrange and distinguished bass.  Lightweighted, easy to play, with a quick response, she shows a very fine and balanced sound spectrum.

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Specifications
Type:

Steel String Guitar

Back/Sides: Cherry, AAA
Top: Alpine Spruce, AAA
Neck: Cherry, spanish constructed heel
Neck Width at Nut: 46.5 mm
Scale Length: 65 cm
Fingerboard: Plum
Nut/Bridge: Bone
Machine Heads: Schaller Selmer Gold
Finish: Nitrocellulose, satin-gloss
Strings: Elixir
Weight: 1,810 g
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Fretted 5-string Bowable Acoustic Bass

Bowable Acoustic Bass Compact

This extraordinary Acoustic Bass fulfills every wish a double bass player ever had. Impressive volume, full sound, compact body, bowable, fretted, easily transportable. The sound is very similar to a double bass.

Capabilities

The Bowable Acoustic Bass was built for the German Medieval Band Waldkauz. It can be used for any kind of music where bowed double bass sound is required. Whether in jazz, world music or simply to supplement the current instruments, our Bowable Acoustic Bass lends each performance a special note. With the ability to mount an end pin, in the fretless version, it is even suitable as a travel tool for classical double bass players. It fits into the same bag as the Legendary Acoustic Vass, and thus it is possible to transport it in a normal car.

Description

Construction

In developing this phenomenal Bowable Acoustic Bass elements of double bass, viola da gamba, mandola, electric bass, Spanish guitar and the Legendary Acoustic Bass have been incorporated. With this bass, we have created a completely new instrument of outstanding sound and playability and very delightful appearance.

The depth of the body ranges from 130 mm to 95 mm. The top is much thicker than an acoustic guitar top and bent in a strong transverse curvature. For comparison: the top of a double bass is carved like a violin. The thickness is determined by the high tension of the strings which is caused by the bridge. The bridge, similar to a cello bridge, is of course totally different to the bridge of a guitar. To allow for bowing a certain height is required. Inside the body, we find, as in the double bass, a sound post.

In addition to the central soundhole, we added two sound slots on the sides of the top, similar to the F-holes of a usual double bass. For stabilisation we applied the beautiful feature of feathers made of Indian Rosewood. The scale length is, just like with the legendary acoustic bass, 864 mm. The fretboard is curved similar to a Viola da Gamba. It has 24 frets including zero fret. The zero fret approximates the sound of an open string more closely the sound of a fretted string.

The head shape was chosen to achieve the required stability, because it has to withstand a fairly strong tension. To keep the head still as small as possible, it was equipped with electric bass machine heads. With the usual bass tuners the head would have been twice as long.

Strings / Pickup

For the special requirements of this string bass we use Flat Wounds for Electric Basses by Galli. The pickup we applied is a Stat B Bass Pickup by Schertler, which excellently amplifies the sound of bowed strings.

Handling

While strapped on this bass is positioned very comfortably and nicely balanced, even though it is a little heavier than our common Acoustic Basses. The double bass is played standing up to allow for perfect bowing. Experienced cellists or upright bass players should very quickly deal with the handling, guitarists, E-bassists and whoever else might want to try it should practice a little patience in learning how to use the bow. The shape of the body offers optimal conditions for this purpose.

Sound

Powerful and punchy, the vibrations of the B- and E-string are filling the room, when the strings are played with a bow. More precise and clear is the A-string, lovingly caressing but powerful the D- and G-string. Yet the overall impression is more compact and firmer than with its big role model. If plucked the typical growling sound of a double bass is gently developing with surprising quality and volume.

 

We will introduce the double bass at this year’s Holy Grail Guitar Show.

 

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Specifications
Type: Acoustic Bass
Back/Sides: Walnut, spalted
Top: Spruce
Neck: Maple, bolt on
Scale Length: 86.4 cm
Fingerboard: Bongossi
Machine Heads: Schaller nickel plated & security lock
Strings: Elixir Nanoweb X Longscale Electric Bass
Finish: Nitrocellulose, satin finish
Bridge/Nut: Maple / Indian Rosewood (zero fret)
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Semi Fretless IQ Acoustic Bass, 5 String

Semi Fretless Fanned Frets

Semi fretless – some time ago we posted a semi fretless classical guitar on our german site, now we had a customer who wished a semi fretless IQ Bass. As most people know, the IQ Acoustic Bass is equipped with fanned frets. So this was quite challenging as our customer even wanted a 5 string bass.

But the most astonishing thing was that the order came from a norwegian guitarist who never had the chance to play this bass before. He totally relied on the videos  he found on Youtube and lots of emails and phone calls.

Capabilities

The very comfortable, fretted lower range allows fo relaxed bass accompaniment. In addition this bass offers wonderful possibilities of improvisation and melody playing, resulting from the fretless high range of the fingerboard and the additional low B string. With this Acoustic Bass one can conjure the purest Double Bass sound.

Description

Fret Board

This IQ Bass differs not very much from the standard model. We changed the wood for the fret board and used Ebony instead of Rosewood, because the latter is not hard enough for the requirements of a fretless bass.

As with thestandard IQ Bass the 8th fret is the center, which is located horizontally on the fretboard. From there, the frets are fanned upwards in direction of the head. In the same way fret lines are attached on the unfretted part. These are even more important with the concept of different string lengths in order to give the player some orientation.

Strings / Pickup

Although we love to use Galli Black Nylon strings with the fretless Acoustic Bass, we decided on using Elixir Nanoweb X Longscale Electric Bass Strings in this special case.

We applied a McLoud pickup, the last of its kind, which we saved especially for this bass (of late we use MiSi Acoustic Trio, which also provides a very natural amplification and doesn’t need a battery).

Handling

IQ Acoustic Bass 5 string semi fretless

The bass is being inspected

All our Acoustic Basses convince with surprising light weight and balance, so even smaller players are able to handle them. The Fanned Frets allow for ergonomic playing in the low ranges. The fretless part of the board requires a bit of familiarisation because of the different string lengths.

The Bass Quest

Some day in march our customer took an airplane to Frankfurt, struggled his way to Idstein train station by public transport and got picked up there by the master himself.

Then he was carried to our show room, where he examined and practised his ordered Acoustic Bass for two hours with bright eyes.

For his way back to Oslo he took the train to assure a safe and sound return journey for his precious treasure.

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Specifications
Type: Acoustic Bass
Back/Sides: Maple
Top: Spruce
Neck: Spanish Cedar (spanish constructed heel)
Scale Length: 86.4 – 91.5 cm
Fingerboard: Ebony, multiscale fingerboard
Machine Heads: Schaller goldplated & security lock
Strings:  Elixir Nanoweb X Longscale Electric Bass
Finish: Nitrocellulose, satin finish
Bridge/Nut: Bone
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7th Hamburg Guitar Festival

03. to 06.11.2016

Masterclasses, Concerts, Guitar Exhibition

Hamburg, at Kulturhof Dulsberg, Alter Teichweg 200

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The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2016

08. to 09. October 2016

Berlin, ESTREL Hotel and Convention Center

For the third time the Holy Grail Guitar Show presents the best of what the world of contemporary guitar making has to offer, featuring a wide variety of builders from all around the world. We are proud to once more be part of it.

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The Legendary Acoustic Bass

Posted in: News- 18. December 2015 Comments Off on The Legendary Acoustic Bass

Lots of new photos of the 4-string and 4-string fretless Legendary Acoustic Bass available.

Jumbo Steel String with Fanned Frets, Bevel,
Side Soundhole and Extended Cutaway

Description

Based on our model IQ, with it’s already stunning features like fanned frets, side soundhole and bevel, we added the proCut. Thus it combines pretty much everything modern lutherie has to offer.

ProCut

The idea behind the proCut is simply to lower the cutaway a little more. Technically, this requests significant modifications in the construction of the guitar, because the heel must be altered. For the guitarist, who fortunately does not have to worry about these details, this extreme cutaway provides virtuoso playing in the highest registers.

Fanned Frets

Anyone who believes that playing on fanned frets would be difficult, will be tought otherwise by testing it. Fanned frets allow the left hand a natural, fanlike motion and thus a far more ergonomic posture than a conventional fretboard. Fanned fret guitars provide 100% intonation, since the optimum scale length is applied to each single string.

Side Soundhole

The small hole in the side unfolds great effect. It serves not only as a monitor for the guitarist, the audience will notice a fuller and rounder sound as well.

Woods

For this guitar we chose some spectacular woods. The body is made of extraordinally flamed Maple. The top is of AAA Bearclaw Sitka Spruce. We added some dark color spots with the bridge, armrest, top and back bindings made of rosewood. The Abalone in the rosette is found again in the S inlay of the head plate. The purflings of this blonde beauty are matching green.

Playability

The playability of this Jumbo is highly improved by the armrest. It ensures a more relaxed right arm position and good blood circulation. Despite its size the guitar is surprisingly lightweight. A perfect neck, low string action, fanned frets and finally of course the proCut provide a surprisingly new and extremely comfortable feel.

Sound

Considering the upper and mid range it is quite obvious that this in an IQ. The difference is noticeable in the bass range. Due to a stiffer back bracing and maple as wood of choice for back and sides, this guitar produces an incredible sonorous sound.

 

 

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Specifications
Type:

Steel String Guitar

Back/Sides: Flame Maple, mastergrade
Top: Bearclaw Sitka Spruce, mastegrade
Neck: Spanish Cedar, spanish constructed heel
Neck Width at Nut: Diagonally 47 mm
Scale Length: Treble 64 cm, bass 68 cm
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Machine Heads: Schaller mini Ruthenium with Rosewood buttons
Finish: Nitrocellulose, satin-gloss
Nut/Bridge: Bone
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Extreme Cutaway proCut

proCut Extrem-Cutaway
proCut being carved

Virtuoso playing in the highest registers – a challenge for many ambitious guitar players, which is why many of them prefer a guitar with a cutaway. But even with a cutaway the body is still a bit in the way. So what to do?

proCut – Extended Cutaway

The idea behind the proCut is to simply lower the cutaway a little more. However, the implementation requires some consideration in order to achieve a useful result. The solution is as follows:

 

 

 

 

First of all, the steel string- or nylon string guitar, which is to be provided with a proCut, has to have a spanish heel. With a normal sized guitar and 14th frets clear of the body, we apply the proCut at the level of the 19th fret. The neck, which usually merges into the heel at 14th fret, will be continued almost up to the side, which means that the heel is reduced to half of its width and achieves its full width only approx. two centimeters above the body.

 

 

 

 

 

With a steel string guitar with 12 frets clear of body or any classical guitar the whole construction will be analogously moved two frets up, so the cutaway is applied at 17th fret. Exception to this rule are guitars with a smaller body such as parlour models. Here the cutaway is applied at 15th fret, to prevent loss of sound volume.

proCut mit Ansatz am 17. Bund
proCut with transiton at 17th fret

proCut – Top Class Cutaway

In developing the proCut it was very important for us to not only provide functionality, but to take into account constructional and ergonomic requirements. The result is an exceptional cutaway, aesthetically appealing and fully serving its purpose.

Classic Bass 6-String

Posted in: News- 21. October 2015 Comments Off on Classic Bass 6-String

We added tons of beautiful photos of our 6-string classic bass to our product portfolio.