Rodez model (own model)
This concert classical model was developed from various experimental bracing patterns and informed by construction techniques that are to be found in both Spanish and Northern European guitar making. The model features my own 'fleche' bracing pattern (a variation fan model) that positions the braces in a much more oblique manner than found on standard fan braced guitars. The Back and sides are built a little more rigid and therefore are considered less active resulting in a more modern sounding classical guitar without taking it to the extent of many lattice or double top types.
All timber is of European origin. I specialise in the use of non-tropical hardwoods and have many years experience in doing so. A dovetail joint is used for the neck/body joint, alternately a Stauffer style adjustable neck is available. This allows the player the convenience of an adjustable action, both fast and precise. By it's nature it is also a raised fretboard, a feature that many players insist gives easier access to the higher frets. The neck is removable. 20 frets to the fretboard.
Back and sides are of walnut, figured maple or yew. European spruce for the all important soundboard. The rosette features a somewhat unique 3 dimensional rope inlay.
7 string version: Can also be used for the Coste 7 string repertoire, as a Russian 7 string guitar (in the appropriate tuning) or a 7 string as used by some of the Brazilian guitarists.
£4,680 - Base model with pegheds.
£5,200 - Model featuring black lacquered ebonised neck, Stauffer style adjustable neck.
Figured walnut Back/sides - Add £80
Bog Oak Back/sides (carbon dated 5,000 years old) - Add £220