The classical guitar for students and other ambitious guitarists made of local woods, this time with Walnut / Spruce an Alder neck and fingerboard and bridge of Black Locust, an absolutely perfect substitute for Indian Rosewood.
CITES-reglementations inspired us to search for alternatives. Local woods are one way to avoid issues with such strict rules. Besides they are CO²-friendly due to short transport distances.
We focus on good sound and plain beauty with this model. By refraining from fancy ornaments and use of a light satin finish we can offer a budget-priced classical guitar, which already has everything it needs, to play demanding literature. It is even suitable for preparing for a university entrance exam.
Local alternatives are not as easily provided as one would think. Many fruitwoods are not available in the high quality required for musical instrument building. There is also no tradition and therefore no infrastructure for selecting woods for musical instrument manufacturers. Various infectious diseases are contributing to minimize the amount of local woods, as for example with elms and ash trees. In addition, there is a high export volume for beech and oak. Of course, the wage costs for cutting and sawing are much higher in Europe than, for example, in India. For the reasons mentioned, local woods are currently more expensive than Indian Rosewood. This will presumably level out over the next few years as the price trend of rosewood is increasing due to CITES regulations.
The woods used with this guitar are Walnut for back and sides and Spruce for the top. For the neck we chose thermotreated Alder, fingerboard and bridge are made of Black Locust. The headstock veneer is made of Maple and smoked Larch, the rosette is made of Maple and Pear.
Walnut stands up very well compared to Eastindian Rosewood. Guitarists used to the sound of Indian Rosewood will find a similar sound with slightly more delicate nuances - a full sounding bronze bell.
The sound impression strongly resembles Estudio Cherry, which was also built entirely of local woods. Walnut is only a little more grounded.
|Neck:||Alder (dove tail joint)|
|Neck Width at Nut:||50 mm|
|Scale Length:||650 mm|
|Finish:||Nitrocellulose, satin finish|
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