Oak wood for a guitar? From an old barrel? Yes, that works and not only for back and sides but also for the top. This is guitar no. 2 of our upcycling project consistently built of local woods, in which a Hessian cider Oak barrel plays a major role.
The Local Wood Challenge invites luthiers to rethink by building guitars from local woods. This requirement was not enough for us, which is why we experimented with domestic Oak from a cider barrel. At the same time, we also acted in a resource-saving manner. The project was a complete success! Not only the back and sides, but also the top is consistently built from the Oak of this barrel. In some places, the wood visually reveals its origin and therefore has a very special charm.
The neck of this fingerstyle is made of alder, fingerboard, bridge, bindings, tail wedge, and headstock of local plum and the rosette of maple.
For the body shape, we opted for a fingerstyle guitar with a scale length of 630 mm and a neck-body transition at 12th fret. Our trademark Spanish neck, light, balanced design, domed top, of course, can not be missed on this particular model. The bracing was specially adapted to the peculiarities of the Oak . As an important distinguishing feature, the fingerboard features the typical Hessian cider glass over 11th to 13th fret.
Schaller Grand Tune machine heads complete the look. The strings are, as usual, by Elixir. For this piece of craftsmanship we chose a case by Artur Benedykt .
Handling and Sound
What really took us by surprise is the frequency spectrum of the Oak. Where we would have expected a performance similar to an all-mahogany guitar, instead we were confronted with a very clean bass, a little more slender, than the Oak sister with spruce top or a similar model with Rosewood back and sides, but still powerful. An expressive low midrange and articulated, clear highs complete the sound characteristics.
This instrument turns out to be an all-round-talent for guitarists who are on "Old-Timey Music". Not only fingerpicking, but also flatpicking and strumming are possible. These talents combined with the tonal range transport vintage sound into the new age.
Like all our models, this guitar shows its skills from the very beginning. Neck shaping, nut width and string position are optimised for the range of applications.
Collecting the guitar personally includes free cider tasting.
|Back/Sides:||Oak, Cider Barrel|
|Top:||Oak, Cider Barrel|
|Neck:||Alder, spanish constructed heel|
|Neck Width at Nut:||46 mm|
|Scale Length:||63 cm|
|Machine Heads:||Schaller Grand Tune|
Building the Cider Barrel Guitars