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A forward shifting of the X braces and the shifting of scallop peaks to nodal points around the soundboard help to enhance the vibration of the top. The shifting of the X braces also allowed the inclusion of a second, parallel tone bar which allows the scalloping of both tone bars, and spreads the load while reducing mass.
Adjusted bracing heights as well as a locked15 foot radius for the arch of the back, gave us the plate resonance separation we were looking for between top and back. We now have the full, open, lower frequency response we were looking for as well as a crisp, well defined treble response.
The new 808 series sounds a whole lot bigger than a small bodied guitar should. We were hoping the end of this journey would produce a guitar that amazes the player at first strum, then continues to impress as each aspect of the sound of the guitar meets and surpasses the player’s expectation.
Body Shape: 808
Soundboard: "A" Grade Western Red Cedar
Back and Sides: Blackwood
Neck: Queensland Maple
Fingerboard & Bridge: Indian Rosewood
Bracing: Scalloped Maton X
Face Inlay/Rosette: Sapele Ring
Inner Binding: None
Outer Binding: Black
Scale Length: 64.77cm (25.5")
Headstock Veneer: Standard w/ 2mm Sapele Veneer
Fretwire: Dunlop 6260
Number of Frets: 21
Fingerboard Radius: 304.8mm (12")
Nut Width: 44.1mm (1.736" - 1 47/64")
14th Fret: Width 55mm (2.165" - 2 11/64")
Fingerboard Inlays: 6mm Pearl Dots
Back & Sides Finish: Natural Satin
Top Finish: Natural Satin
Bridge Pins: Ivory ABS
Machine Heads: Chrome Grover Rotomatic
Pickguard: Tortoiseshell with Gold M
End Pin/Strap: Chrome
Nut & Saddle: Bone
Case: Standard Maton Hardcase
Strings: Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze 12-53.