Maple Twins - 2017

Building off the success of the last baritone and tenor pair these two were created to further refine building techniques and to open up the tops more allowing for more volume and projection. The goal was to get these into hands of students at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and I was lucky and fortunate to have had the opportunity. I really wish you could have been there, it was fantastic. Thank you to Stephen Aron for the opportunity to meet with artists of unmatched caliber. 

Article from Stephen Aron Blog. Stephen Aron is an accomplished arranger, composer, musician and founder of the classical guitar studies program at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

The maple used for the back and sides were gifted to me from a local craftsman and sawmill owner/operator at the end of a day working together at his mill. The generosity was unexpected, working side by side and learning how to run a mill was a gift in itself.

Scale: 20.13  •  Body Length: 14 •  Lower Bout: 9.75  •  Upper Bout: 7  •  Waist: 5.81  •   Depth at Neck: 3.06  •  Depth at Tail: 3.38

Scale: 17  •  Body Length: 12.31 •  Lower Bout: 8.63  •  Upper Bout: 6.13  •  Waist: 5.13  •   Depth at Neck: 2.69  •  Depth at Tail: 3

Maple back and sides, Western Red Cedar Top finished with French Polish. Fan braced with Engleman spruce and hide glue for superior sound transfer and ability for future repairs. The fingerboard, headstock plate and bridge are Pau Ferro. Nut and saddle of bone. The tuners are modified mandolin tuners to reduce the overall weight and improve the balance of the featherweight instruments. Both are strung up with La Bella strings, the baritone tuned to E and the tenor to A. 

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