This handbuilt guitar “Domino” features a radial soundboard bracing pattern similar the the Kasha Classical guitars. It is built of spruce and Myrtle. The goal was to emphasize the bass and treble response yet because of the Myrtle it has a beautiful midrange appeal as well. To strengthen the torque resistance on the soundboard without over stiffening the top an ebony bridge plate which extends from the cross bar to the sound hole reduces the rotational arcing imposed by the pull of the strings.
The Soundboard is mostly floating and does not attach directly to the transverse brace allowing more vibration across the plate. The neck block is anchored to the transverse brace via ebony dowels. The fingerboard extension is also floating part of the way toward the sound hole.
The bracing drawing
The bridge torque reducer
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As I built this as an experimental instrument I provided an access port to allow the easy installation of different pickup configurations or microphones placed directly within the instrument for recording purposes. Currently It is outfitted with an LR Baggs Anthem pickup.
This instrument can be seen at the Artisan Guitar Show next month in Harrisburg, PA., April 13 through 15th. 2018
All design © Jay Rosenblatt Guitsrs
This instrument is a 17 Inch acoustic semi-archtop guitar, 25.5 inch scale length. Named Apollo, this guitar features a fine Sitka soundboard, Curly Claro Walnut body, mahogany neck with an african blackwood fingerboard and head plate with a Gabon Ebony bridge, tailpiece and pick guard. (not shown, these photos were taken during construction phases). The tailpiece uses pins to hold the string ends similar to the Doolin/ Elliot pinless bridges.
The neck has a two-way adjustable truss rod which is accessible by lifting the cover held in place magnetically. The neck is stiffened with carbon fiber bars. The back of the head plate is a curly maple burl veneer. The bracing for the soundboard is an “A frame” design with a cross bar support. The bridge is a fixed height design. The back bracing is a floating system similar to the design of the Kasha classical guitars. The binding is Rosewood with curly maple purfling. The finish is hand applied French polish. The final version will have an ebony pick guard to match the tailpiece and head plate.
Instrument Design © 2018 by Jay Rosenblatt, design spec subject to change.
Dear Friends and Guitar Enthusiasts,
I am pleased to tell you about the upcoming Artisan Guitar Show in Harrisburg, Pa.
This show will feature hand-built guitars displayed by their makers. The event will highlight the work of many renowned builders and the amazing instruments they create.
There will be lectures, workshops, masterclasses, exhibitors, historic and vintage guitar collections and special events throughout the weekend.
I am pleased to be exhibiting my instruments there once again. You will find me hiding behind table #58. I will have some special instruments for sale. I will also have my guitars featured in a one hour concert on Sunday by Tim Farrell.
The Dates: Friday, April 13th, through Sunday, April 15th., 2018. The Central Hotel & Conference Center, Harrisburg, PA. https://artisanguitarshow.com
On Saturday, at 8 pm., Livingston Taylor will be performing. Tickets are available.
On Sunday, Tim Farrell, guitarist, performs a one hour concert featuring Rosenblatt Guitars from 12: to 1 PM. Tim Farrell is an amazing musician. http://timfarrellmusic.com
Thank you and I hope to see you there.