Medium sized steel string (390mm lower bout)
My favourite style of steel string guitar is the “steel string concert classical”, the ultimate finger-style guitar with volume, projection, sustain, clarity and separation in spades. Well played, these guitars sound like a small orchestra.
This is a guitar that is optimised for finger-picking, with a neck width between the normal steel string sizes and the normal classical guitar sizes. Like all the great finger-picking guitars it has a 12th fret neck join and comes with a cutaway as standard, so that you can still reach all the high notes easily.
This guitar is extraordinarily responsive, producing far more sound than you can ever get out of a standard Dreadnought style guitar using only fingernails. Both the nut and saddle are compensated using specialised techniques that I have developed, which can be customised to the type of strings and set-up that you prefer. Consequently it will play in-tune to the equally tempered scale with much greater accuracy than standard guitars. Until you've heard the difference, you don't know what you're missing, and there's no going back! All those beautiful jazz chord voicings sound distinctly different, rather than just being vaguely dissonant. Classical guitarists looking for a different sound will love it.
The tops can be French polished (like the one on the right) or finished with nitrocellulose lacquer. See the photo gallery for more pictures .