Yul Ballesteros Model
Yul Ballesteros is a gifted guitarist from the Canary Islands (www.yulballesteros.com). I worked with him designing this guitar. It has 16-inch body, with a depth of 64 mm (2.5″) measured at the sides. It is very comfortable to play and quite resistant to feedback:
Yul travels a lot all over the world; the smaller size makes it easier for the air crews to admit the guitar inside the passenger cabin. The reduced depth can be appreciated in this photo:
The scale length is 25.5″, and the neck width at the nut is 43 mm ( 1 11/16″). The neck extension is quite low above the top, and there is not open space between both; this way, access to the higher frets is easier:
The tailpiece has been specially designed for this model. It has a ground connection for the strings, as all my guitars since a few years ago:
The choice of wood is the traditional for jazz guitars: solid carved European Spruce top, solid carved European Curly Maple back and solid bent European Curly Maple sides. Necks are made of Curly Maple, usually European, but sometimes I use Mahogany or Hard Curly Maple for the center lamination, as here:
(Mahogany may not be an option for certain countries)
The fretboard and most of the fittings are made of Ebony or other hard woods:
You may have noticed that the truss rod nut cover has no screws! It stays in position with a set of tiny magnets; the guitar comes with a simple tool for removing it.
For the pickup I use my own SSH270B model, a humbucker that senses the strings under a very small area, providing a very clean tone. Its case is made of Ebony (other woods available on request):
The volume and tone controls are thumbwheels under the finger rest:
All the metal pieces are finished in black, including the machine heads (Grover or Schaller, depending on availability).
The frets are EVO Gold, a nickel-free alloy that’s considerably harder than the conventional material:
As the photo shows, there is a small mother-of-pearl motif at the 12th fret.
There are two different variants of this model:
– The YB Standard has simple wooden bindings (Honduras Rosewood, Dalbergia stevensonii) around its top and back. The neck has Ebony bindings only for the fingerboard (and thus invisible). Their purpose is to hide the fret tang ends.
– The YB Custom has wooden bindings similar to the Standard variant, but they are multiple and are present both in the body and neck, including the headstock.
Yul Ballesteros playing a YB standard (audio & video from a cell phone, guitar unplugged):