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Showing posts with label Classical. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Classical. Show all posts

Friday, April 27, 2012

Tech Talk - LaPlante Classical - Concert, Classical, Nylon String Classical Guitar

David LaPlante is a well respected Luthier who is approaching his 100th instrument, a testament to his experience and love of the craft. LaPlante guitars are played by Muriel Anderson and other prominent concert artists. This particular LaPlante is a powerful guitar that will fill any hall. This is a great example of what aged and mature Spruce sounds like. Every note is articulate and bold with great expression and limitless power. The body is crafted from dark, rich Brazilian Rosewood for lush warmth as well.
Body Size: Medium
Scale: 660 mm (26 in.)
Nut Width: 2 3/64 mm (2.05 in)
String Spacing: 2 13/32 mm (2.4 in)
Body Length: 19 3/8 in.
Upper Bout: 11 3/8 in.
Lower Bout: 14 3/8 in.
Serial #: 35
Body Depth @Neck Heel: 3 3/4 in.
Body Depth @Tail Block: 3 3/4 in.
Frets to body: 12
Woods & Trim
Back/Sides: Brazilian Rosewood
Top Wood: Spruce
Fingerboard: Ebony
Neck Wood: Mahogany, 1 Piece
Bridge: Brazilian Rosewood, String Through
Rosette: Mosaic
Binding: Rosewood
Fingerboard Bindings: None
Headplate: Brazilian Rosewood
Headstock Bindings: None
Headstock Inlay: None
Top Trim: Violin Lines
Back Strip: Lines
Fret Markers: None
Tuners: Sloane
Tuner Finish: Gold With Ebony Buttons

"I have developed my guitars after decades of building, utilizing time honored and traditional aesthetics joined with my own perception of optimal design and construction. My plantilla is based on an amalgam of Torres, Hauser and Romanillos as well as my own earlier designs. The #90 guitar is illustrative of this plantilla.

I use a domed construction technique which was developed by Torres and further refined through the work of and taught to me by Jose Romanillos. This allows for a solid natural spruce top, very thin, light, flexible and extremely responsive. Bracing is all aged German spruce in a pattern based on traditional Torres design with the modern addition of a treble bar. The addition of a single angled cut off bar, my own innovation, enhances a bright loud treble response and eliminates the problem of boomy unfocused bass.

Presently I’m using genuine German spruce for the top. This is a very special aged (30-40 years) material of which I have a limited supply. Backs and sides are Indian rosewood or Spanish cypress. Brazilian rosewood is also used on a limited basis. Necks are Spanish cedar with “V” joint headstock construction, a feature seen on only the finest guitars. The traditional bridge features the new 18 hole design. The highest quality tuning machines are fitted to all instruments and depending on price and aesthetic may vary. My typical favorites include Rodgers, Reischl and Sloane.

All guitars feature hand made rosettes of my own traditionally inspired design and execution as well as marquetry purflings to match on the more elaborate examples. Each guitar is individually concepted and built to be an extremely responsive and unique musical companion for the discriminating player. "
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