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Madrigal

17" multiscale archtop guitar.  Handmade by a luthier. Asymmetrical.  Fanned fret.  Hand carved.  

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the "madrigal"

A secular piece of music composed for multiple voices

Shown above with Sitka Spruce top.  Flame Maple Back.  Walnut sides with grain matched binding.  3 piece Walnut- Flame Maple neck.  Ziricote fingerboard, peg head overlay, and pickguard.  Ziricote and Ebony hardware.  Custom McNelly pickup with handmade ebony cover. (click thumbnails for gallery)

 

The "Madrigal"

is the 17" arch top version of the "Baroque."  I chose the name for the instruments ability to clearly articulate complex chord voicings.  Acoustically, this design has ample volume and very present low end not found on many arch top instruments.  This is due to the increased area and compliance of the bass side of the soundboard, the profile of the carve, and the placement of the sound port.  This instrument would never have turned out as well as it did if it was not for Tom Ribbecke.  I borrowed heavily from the design of his Halfling instruments and applied it to my own concept.

 

Standard Features Include:

Shown in the white (no finish) with strings on for voicing

Shown in the white (no finish) with strings on for voicing

  • Hand carved top and back
  • 17" lower bout width
  • 3" deep
  • Multi scale: 25" on the high E to 26" on the low E
  • 1 3/4" nut width, 2 1/4" string spacing at the bridge
  • 12"-16" compound radius fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • Bound body with top and side purfling
  • Bone nut
  • Intonated Ebony saddle
  • Flattened Florentine cutaway with asymmetrical heel to allow access to higher frets
  • Solid wood soundport
  • Carbon Fiber neck reinforcement
  • Glow in the dark position markers
  • Two way truss rod
  • Bound fingerboard with top and side purfling
  • Bound headstock with top and side Purfling
  • Floating Electronics
  • Ribbecke style hinged tailpiece
  • Gotoh 510 Mini tuners.  18:1 gear ratio
  • Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
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Shown above with Sitka Spruce top.  Flame Maple back. Cherry sides with grain matched binding.  3 piece Cherry- Flame Maple neck.  Ebony hardware.  Copper and Glow in the dark position markers.  Custom McNelly pickup with handmade ebony cover.