I made this guitar for the “Acoustic Guitar Meeting” in Sarzana, Italy, in 2015.
The peghead has a slotted design, with Schaller Grand Tune machines and snakewood buttons. I had used similar designs before on Manouche guitars, but this is more slender and it doesn't have a zero-fret.
Carved Spruce Top
The X-bracing and the violin-inspired f-holes contribute to the tone and looks of a good acoustic instrument in spite of the small size of the soundbox (15 inches).
Based on the Yul Ballesteros model, but shorter. This was the first tailpiece with this design, and I have been using it since then for many of my small guitars, including the Yul Ballesteros².
This is the connector for the AKG C411 condenser microphone. It needs phantom power; many acoustic guitar amps provide it, including AER and Henriksen.
The bridge in this guitar is lower than the ones used on most archtop guitars. I had used similar designs on Meridien guitars before. It has a saddle whose height can be adjusted, but you'll need an Allen key instead of the usual thumbwheels. There are two thin metal guides that align the saddle so that it stays parallel to the foot, which also includes the AKG C411 microphone.
The fretboard end is glued to the top, without the neck extension that is the rule for most archtop guitars. It's made of ebony, the same as the other accesories, and it has a scale length of 25.5 inches with a nut width of 43 mm ( 1 11/16").
Fback & Sides
The traditional wood for this is Curly Maple, and this is the case here. Solid carved wood for the back, and bent wood for the sides.
Jescar 43080, Gold EVO alloy, hipoalergenic.