Jeroen Hilhorst Concert guitars
|The Reduced Weight Super Concert Guitar|
With the Reduced Weight Super Concert Guitar I have tried to make a super concert guitar that is lower in weight, but still has the same projection.
It has a more elaborate internal reinforcing construction, so that the back and sides can be much thinner.
It also has a hard maple neck instead of a heavy ebony neck. The neck is highly reinforced with graphite.
The resulting projection is only slightly less than that of the heavier model.
The soundboard is a single top, that combines the principle of a lattice top with that of a traditional top.
This top design allows for more flexibility in the areas where that is needed.
This results in a more beautiful, warmer tone, and it is louder, especially the 1st string.
Also the notes in a chord are better defined and separated.
For the back and sides I often use beautifully figured ziricote, to give this very special guitar the very special look it deserves.
But other woods are possible. (Indian rosewood in the photos.)
The guitar has an elevated fingerboard, which is good for the sound, makes for easier playing over the octave and minimizes the chance for scratching the soundboard.
The guitar has an armrest on the egde of the soundboard. This prevents damping of the vibration of the soundboard by the arm. It is also comfortable for the arm, and will prevent medical problems in the arm.
There are 20 frets on the fingerboard.
The string length is 65 cm.
The guitar has a double centerbrace in the body.
The guitar is varnished by hand with a durable finish, rubbed out to a high gloss.
The soundboard is French polished with shellack.
The machineheads are of a high quality, with aluminum rollers and black buttons.
A Hiscox PRO-II case is included.
The nuts and saddles are compensated, to perfect the tuning of the guitar.
The back of the bridge is reinforced with aluminium.
This prevents wear of the string holes, and makes it possible to tie some of the thicker strings with only a not at the end.
The triple holes minimize the danger of damaging the top by a slipping string.
The materials in the reduced weight super concert guitar:
- A soundboard of very high quality European spruce, or cedar
- A hard maple neck reinforced with graphite
- An ebony fingerboard
- Hard maple centerbraces
- Internal reinforcements in hard maple and beech
- White decoration lines in maple.
- For back and sides you can choose:
beautifully figured Ziricote, Katalox, Santos rosewood, Indian Rosewood,
or any other very dense wood that you like.
The Reduced Weight Super Concert Guitar with the new improved soundboard design has become a very attractive guitar.
The guitar gets very favourable comments from guitarists and members of the audience.
Here is a review of the guitar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiQZKMilAls