The last couple of weeks have been busy. Aside from some involved repairs I completed a commissioned 12-string for a local player. Scott Fauley order this one back in January and it is finally in his possession. Scott plays in The Double Eagle Band all around the area on the electric but ordered this acoustic with some unique features.
This 00 12-string started from his love of his 1964 Gibson LG-1. The Gibson had a vibe that he loved along with the sound of the ladder bracing. So we opted on the size being a 00 very similar to the LG, but with a slightly wider waist. It is almost a 00 sized slope shoulder dreadnought. Along with the size he wanted it to be a "new vintage guitar" so we opted for the slotted head stock, ladder bracing and an aged toner on the top. Also, the single line rosette was inspired by his Gibson.
The wood is very special too. I had been reclaiming the wood from an 1864 Steinway Square Grand Piano and Scott wanted some in his guitar. It just so happens this wood was used for the piano exactly a century before the building of his Gibson which was exactly 50 years before this one. The back of the guitar is quartered American Chestnut from the piano's casing and all of the veneers, heel cap, end graft and rosette are Brazilian Rosewood from the piano as well. Well, I wont go into the entire story of why this wood is so special this time but will in the near future... (There will be a couple more "Steinway Series Guitars" in the coming months) The sides are Mahogany, neck of Spanish Cedar and the top is Sitka Spruce.
The ladder bracing really imparts a different voice from the standard modern X-Bracing pattern. I also use a twin Tone Bar system to help the top vibrate as a whole. This gives a slightly warmer version of the ladder brace sound. A very throaty growl is how I describe the low end and the top is very smooth and creamy, not brittle. Every note seems to stand apart and I am pleased!
I was really thrilled when Scott finally got to play his new-old guitar. I think anyone seeing and hearing this on stage would believe it to be a very old guitar. But, it plays very modern.
If you are interested in a Steinway guitar let me know!