Sycamore Twins - 2012
I was impressed by the Sycamore used on the Weissenborn so I went back to the sawmill and purchased the rest of the tree. It seems every build is an experiment of sorts, and this pair is no exception. One tenor and one baritone, both six strings. Will they sound different from each other? Will the baritone sound more like a guitar or ukulele? What if I use a bolt on neck? Where can I find lighter tuners? I learned a lot from the first six string tenor and this was an opportunity to fix what didn't work well and leverage what did.
They use a similar five fan bracing, solid linings, laminated necks, and body profiles. The bridge design evolved aesthetically as well as increased break angle, employed a bolt on neck for ease in setup and finishing, updated the headstock shape for better string alignment, and used modified mandolin tuning machines for reduced weight to improve the balance.
I am proud to say these two are out in the wild. Hopefully continuing to make someone smile.
Scale: 21.13 • 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
Sycamore 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.