I haven't been on the forum here in quite a while but here goes a good old fashioned build thread. My classical guitar making has been going really well, and you can find some nice videos of my guitars that Guitar Salon International has produced, on their YouTube channel. Basically I've been really happy with my classical guitars, and getting good feedback too. BUT, there is always room to push the boundaries and try to go even further, right?
I'm trying a couple of different ideas on #110. The things my guitars already do really well are clarity, separation, beauty of tone, overtones, very strong trebles and good sustain and projection. The main thing I am wondering if there is room for a tiny bit more volume in that mix. I don't want to lose any of the beauty and poetry of the sound though, and I know that raw volume can come at the expense of the exquisite purity of the sound. I do NOT want a guitar that is super fundamental-heavy, thuddy, twangy or percussive. The notes need to bloom out with the same richness, sustain and emotional, voice-like quality.
The main thing I'm going to do is make the top quite a bit thinner, with some small of but notable modifications to the bracing. I'll get into everything more as we move along. I've selected a 20 year aged Adirondack Spruce top that is some of the stiffest Spruce I've ever used in both directions. But with the right thickness I'm hoping it will really sing. It has some really beautiful qualities visually and tonally. Normally I would make a Spruce top around 2.4 - 2.5 mm thick, with the edges of the lower bout thinned out to 1.8 - 2.0. This one will *probably* be under 2 mm all over, but I can't tell until I start thicknessing it. It's going to be a very light guitar overall. The Indian Rosewood back will also end up below 2 mm, and I'm going to try 4 braces on it instead of 3.
This guitar will also be available for sale when finished, unless someone reserves it during construction.