Last one for 2016, commissioned by Ken Bussey, a professional player with The Derailleurs and music teacher in the Frederick, Maryland. Ken gave me a free hand and I took the opportunity to try something I’ve been wanting to do for some time, the same Joseph DiMauro body profile I use on the Corazon with a small oval sound hole. Ken was excited about this and here’s how it turned out. (Photos by Kelton Bumgarner)
Ken sent me an email a couple weeks after picking the guitar up:
“This guitar kicks ass!! Its taking my playing to a whole new level. I’m serious man my old guitar was holding me back, this has made such a difference in my right hand technique , I can drive way more now and I’m getting instant results. Really cool man thanks again”
The DiMauro profile is 12mm wider than a Selmer profile with a higher waist. Lots more top in the active tone generating area south of the sound hole. Torrefied Sitka spruce top, Claro walnut back and sides, black walnut neck, Ebano fingerboard and bridge (DiMauro style without mustaches. Finish is French polish. The Ischill pickup is routed internally to a jack in the tail. Sound is huge, clear and articulate.