In the Spring of 2004, while attending the "Portland Guitar Festival", I had the opportunity to try the "Solloette" Travel guitar. I was Impressed with the freedom this unique guitar provided but was dissapointed in that the guitar didn't make me feel like I was playing a classical guitar. I decided to experiment with what ever left over materials I had around the shop and with a lot of help with the electronics, The guitar turned out to be a fun project. You don't get away with string slide on this guitar . Click on the thumbs for larger pictures.
This is a full view of the guitar with both sides attached. Four curly maple sides were formed on the Fox bending machine.
The sides were laminated together with "West epoxy", the center being 14 layers of 6 oz. Carbon fibre. Incredibly strong. Here you can see how the lower bout joins the maple body at the 12th fret. The 1/4" pin is surrounded by carved ebony.
Brass bolts, hand turned on the lathe, screw into an indentation in the pin making a solid joint. The same type off brass bolts attach the upper bout sides to the ebony tail block
The sides detached. I tried different colors in the sound whole and ended up putting a lanscape picture in it.
The ebony Bridge floats on two adjustable allen screws accessible from the back of the guitar. The bone nut is similar to an ordinary guitar in that it is slotted to guide the strings and insure proper string spacing.
The bone saddle is compensated and if you look closely you can see the pickup embedded into the saddle. This piezo pickup & saddle was custom made by Aubry Spurlock of "Trout Cove Luthiere" to pick up the upper register of the nylon strings. A Fishman pickup is imbeded into the bridge block and picks up the lower register. Under the black back plate is an APG-2 Fishman preamp driving the two piezo pickups, batteries and a miniature amplifier strong enough to power a set of computer speakers. The amplifier was custom made by Gary Ali of Electric-Avenues.com specifically for this project. The output jack connects to my Fender Cyber twin. The AGP-2 preamp provides excellent bass, treble and volume control
input for headphone, cdplayer, headphone off and on switch with LED. A decent Sony head set made a big
difference in sound quality .
The headless neck. The strings attach similiar to the bridge of a standered classical guitar.