12 fret acoustic guitar rosewood mahogany 63 scale butternought stoll luthier

12-fret guitars are characterised by neck-body-transition at 12th fret. Basically, this is the case with all classical guitars. However, this article is about the steel string guitar which developed from the classical guitar. To understand today's 12-fret guitar, we not only have to take a look at the development of the guitar, but also deal ...continue reading "12 Fret Acoustic Guitars"

IQ steel string guitar fanned frets side sound hole bevel

The idea behind the principle of fanned frets is to provide each string the optimal length. This results in an open sound with a very clean intonation and also in a more relaxed plaing. The hand no longer has to be moved parallel to the frets, but can make a natural semicircular movement.

Bevel Stoll 12-string

The aim of the bevel is to remove the sharp edge at the point where the guitarist rests the picking arm on the guitar. Especially guitarists, who play several hours a day, should focus on health instead of costs and consider the bevel.

luthier guitar builder Natural Bone Saddle

We already that saddle and nut made of bone are superior to those made of plastic. We are delighted to having found a supplier of natural bone nut and saddle blanks. Not only does the omission of the treatment with hydrogen peroxide obviate an environmentally damaging component, but leaves a higher fat content and therefore ...continue reading "Nut and Bridge of Unbleached Bone"

bone Bridge Saddle and Nut

Often, when buying an acoustic guitar, it is the small details that do not really catch your eye in the first moment, but are important in practice. It depends on these details whether the guitar is a pleasure for the long term or makes life difficult for us. Bridge saddle and nut are the two ...continue reading "Bridge Saddle and Nut – Bone or Plastic?"

Steel String Guitar IQ with proCut Cutaway

The idea behind the proCut is to simply lower the cutaway a little more. This requires some consideration in order to achieve a useful result. First of all, the steel string- or nylon string guitar, which is to be provided with a proCut, has to have a spanish heel.

spanish constructed heel

The Spanish heel neck joint is considered the most highly developed neck joint in guitar construction. It is significantly more complex than a glued neck, but the sonic benefits are worth the effort.
When building a guitar with a Spanish neck, neck and headblock are carved from one piece of wood.

Stoll Ambition 12 Twelve-String Guitar

"Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin and "Give a Little Bit" by Supertramp - aren't this quite heart-warming songs. The reason is the full sound that Jimmy Page and Roger Hodgson generate on their 12-string steelstring guitars.

certificate of origin

The wood species mentioned above are referring to the Sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties as of 12 June 2013 recorded in Appendix II of CITES. Unlike Brazilian Rosewood, which is listed in Appendix I, the provisions in Appendix II are not quite as strict. For example, the woods may be imported or ...continue reading "Restricted Wood Species – Granadillo, Honduras and Madagascar Rosewood, Madagascar Ebony, Thai Rosewood and Cocobolo"