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Aged Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Lattice braced curly Sinker Redwood top, doubletop. 
Lute type soundport, 640mm, 16" elevated radiused Ebony fingerboard, Special cutaway

Powerful sound, amazing sustain and presence, perfect separation of voices are the type of adjectives you can only attach to the perfect guitar. Such is the case with this amazing Brazilian Rosewood Doubletop. The sound she puts out is relentless and playing Asturias makes me feel as though I am in command of an orchestra that has no limits whatsoever as to the repertoire she can tackle.. Simply put, amazing !
The set of Brazilian rosewood is air dried at least since 1914... it possesses all the mature qualities of long seasoned wood. The top is made from a one in a million set of highly figured curly sinker redwood. The grain on this set is stunning ! I handmade the exclusive rosette using brazilian rosewood with an amazing array of reds and oranges and it gives this beauty a touch of unique artistry. The most delicate handmade marquetry defines and decorates each one of her beautiful lines and I used every idea and concept available to elevate her to masterpiece level. Brazilian Rosewood knobs on the gold plated tuners, double headplate, triple neck reinforcement truss rod.
Playing Asturias made me feel as if I was discovering the piece for the first time. The ease of play, the slim neck and her amazing power give me a control on the sound that keeps me in awe as I play on her. The bass is penetrating and send huge vibrations throughout my body and throughout the studio. Her trebles are clear and she breathes freshness and maturity in the sound and this is a quality that only few instruments can show.
 

Hear Asturias on this amazing beauty
 

 

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The lattice is a concept based on the A frame of grand pianos. The back and sides are kept rigid by means of a sturdy A shaped frame and the top is thinned as much as possible to allow the top to vibrate generously. Lattice delivers a lot of volume a tremendous clarity.
 
 


Radiused or flat fingerboard?
The radiused fingerboard has been around the acoustic and the electric guitar since day one. The same is true for most instruments of the Stringed family of instruments (violas, violins cellos, bass). Radiusing (image above) makes barre and left hand stopping A LOT easier. The only drawback is that you will NEVER want to play a  flat fingerboard after that. If you are having your custom guitar built, I am all pro radiusing the fingerboard.  The standard fingerboard is flat.
 

Sinker logs

Sinker logs, are pulled from the bottom of lakes and rivers. Sometimes, scuba divers are needed to achieve the extraction.  Most of these logs are hundreds of years old (In one of the pictures above, you can see that the tree was cut with an hatchet). Due to a series of factors (The logs were too big and heavy to be pulled out of the rivers or the logs were caught by currents and were sucked to the bottom)  these logs were trapped by the muddy buttons of these water beds and this created like a time capsule where the wood was preserved in fantastic humidity conditions that made the wood season in a slow natural way during many centuries. Some of the logs are selected for musical instruments construction. The sound that these woods produce is unique and the grain has a beautiful coloration that changes according to the type of mud present in the water bed.

Double top V1
The double top with the 9 braces Hauser fan, was developed and introduced by  Master Luthier Manuel Contreras the II at the end of the 70s and reached its peak in the 80s. In this Variation of the Double top, a second top is located halfway between the main top and the back. It is held in place by means of little Mahogany bridges located above and below the second top along the inner part of the sides (frames 1 & 3). The second top rests on the upper bridges and once it is glued on each little bridge (frame 2), a second bridge is glued on top of the preceding corresponding bridge below the second top (frame 3). This second top vibrates a fraction of a second after the first one creating an immense sustain and punch using the air moving inside the sound box and thus creating a multiplying effect of the sonorous waves.

650 mm or 640 mm?
Keep the following rule at hand: If the distance between the tip of your thumb and the tip of your little finger is equal or less than 9 in. when fully stretched, use 640 mm. In stringed instrument performance, a single millimeter can mean the difference between playing effortlessly or the exact opposite. 

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Aged Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Lattice braced curly Sinker Redwood top, doubletop

Aged Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Lattice braced curly Sinker Redwood top, doubletop

Aged Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Lattice braced curly Sinker Redwood top, doubletop

Aged Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Lattice braced curly Sinker Redwood top, doubletop
Aged Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Lattice braced curly Sinker Redwood top, doubletop
Aged Brazilian Rosewood B&S, Lattice braced curly Sinker Redwood top, doubletop


 
 
 

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