"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.
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"
Brazilian Rosewood since 1992 is subject to strict import regulations according to the Washington Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Washington Convention). In the EU, this Convention shall be implemented by an EU-wide regulation ( EC Regulation 338/97). In guitar maker and player circles this regulation was for 20 ...continue reading "Certified Brazilian Rosewood"
Sometimes customers ask us to change just a single string. In exceptional cases, you can do that, especially when it comes to the D string. It is particularly susceptible to rupture. Usually one should change the whole set of strings. The effect of tuning Tuned strings are constantly stretched. This tires the material, which means ...continue reading "When Should I Change the Strings of a Guitar ?"
It often happens that even grown up guitarists do not cope well with a full-size guitar. One reason for this are often small hands, making it difficult to play on a regular fretboard. A small body size, which is accompanied by a corresponding arm length, also impedes the relaxed playing on a full size guitar ...continue reading "Small Guitars for Small Hands"
We often have customers who want to switch from classical guitar to steelstring guitar. Soon the question of the neck width comes up. Of course the player of a classical guitar would not give up the comfortable playability when switching to the acoustic guitar. However, to set the neck width of a steelstring guitar the ...continue reading "Nut Width for Classical Guitars and Steelstring Guitars"
Does this sound familiar? The guitar must be sent for repair or to be taken along for a flight. To avoid nasty surprises one has to handle this issue prudently. Often guitars have arrived at our workshop worse than they were sent or a vacation began with a broken guitar. What to do when sending ...continue reading "Transporting a Guitar"
Some time ago we could lay our hands on some very special Sitka Spruce tops. The wood for this guitar tops has been lying as fish traps in the salty water of the yukon delta from the 1920s to the 1980s with total absence of air, to then be processed to tone wood and again ...continue reading "Tone Wood from the Yukon River"
It is a common phenomenon that right-handed guitars are sold to left-handed players even in music stores. Very popular is the recommendation to simply apply the strings the other way round. And why not? The guitar is a symmetric instrument - isn't it? Left-hand guitar by re-stringing upside down? Well, try to conduct the low ...continue reading "Left-handed Guitars"