2018 Model 2 D guitar
This D guitar has Malaysian Blackwood back and sides and a figured Sitka soundboard. It is built on my larger 12 fret Model 2 body and has 14 frets to the body.
It was ordered by Norwegian guitarist Torbjørn Økland, but when he came to collect he decided instead to buy a Steinbeck Model – the one to which I fitted a combined Highlander/Feather pickup system as an experiment for Martin Simpson – see news item 12 Jan 2018.
This D guitar is lovely looking and sounding. A capo at the second fret gives standard scale, tuning and string tension. With the capo removed it is a tone below standard and has wonderful depth, sustain and tone. It suits alternate tunings well.
Malaysian Blackwood makes lovely looking and sounding backs and sides. It is not a rosewood so can be shipped anywhere in the world without requiring certification.
Figured Sitka is not only beautiful, it also makes excellent soundboards.
The guitar comes in a top of the line Hiscox Artist case.
Model 2 D Guitar specifications
Scale: 725mm (28.5″)
Soundboard: German spruce or figured Sitka spruce
Back and sides: African or Malaysian Blackwood
Bridge: Ebony with bone saddles
Tuners: Gold plated Gotoh s, Gotoh 510s optional
Body length: 525mm (20.7″)
Body width: 420mm (16.5″)
Max depth: 108 (4.3″)
Nut width: 45mm (1 25/32″)
String spacing at bridge: 60mm (2 3/8″)
Fitted pickup: Highlander
Case: Ivory Hiscox Artist series