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Spruce and Black Locust soprano guitar.
Solid Sitka Spruce top, solid Black Locust back & sides, African Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fret board & Bridge.
Here is my second Soprano Guitar (formerly called a Steel-string Ukulele). This little instrument would occupy a similar position in a band to where a mandolin or maybe an actual Ukulele would find it's self. How ever, with the strings tuned A - D - F# - B from low to high, thus tuned in 4th (a mandolin is tuned in 5th's), and single instead of paired unison strings, and steel strings (not nylon), get ready for a completely unique voicing, for a lead instrument. This is a serious musician's mini axe. Featuring bone nut and fully compensated bone saddle, the intonation is every bit as outstanding as the best full size acoustic guitars. The steel string provide the power and drive, for great sustain and crystal clear ringing notes.
So lets talk about Black Locust: the Golden Guitar Wood... This
guitars back and sides as well as a laminate down the center of the African
Mahogany neck are made of Solid Back Locust. This tree is a member of the
same family of plants ( the legumes) as Rosewood and Koa. In fact, many of
this wood's properties are in the same numbers range as Indian Rosewood, giving
a tap tone equal to any of the true rosewoods. All this with a rich
golden color and silk (the medullary rays) that picks up ambient light and
shines like the reflectors in a set of tail light reflectors. This guitar
must be seen to really see how how it sparkle. An other big point is that
no rain forests had to be attacked in order to get at this wood, since Black
Locust is a native eastern North American tree, actually deemed invasive in some
areas of Ontario such that it's removal is actually promoted.