Black Heart Sassafras Jumbo
Blackheart Sassafras Jumbo
A full-size Guitar with Jumbo proportions, scale length of 645mm, 14 frets to the body. This Guitar, serial No. GHS-002 was made by hand using the materials list below.
Back and Sides - Black Heart Sassafras (Atherosperma moschatum)
Another unique Timber from Tasmania, like Tiger Myrtle in that the patterns are caused by a fungal discoloration of the heart wood. Each piece being distinctly beautiful and different from the next.
Soundboard - Adirondack Spruce (Picea rubens)
Adirondack or Red spruce is considered by many to be The Holy Grail of Soundboards. With too many desirable qualities to list all here. To mention a few, It’s louder with a higher ceiling volume, and more dynamic than Sitka Spruce and has less distortion when played aggressively.
Soundboard Bracing - ‘X’ Bracing
C. F. Martin Sr. invented what is known as X-bracing sometime around 1845, which revolutionized guitar making. It consists of a main X brace surrounded by various smaller braces called tone bars. Although the guitars of the day were quite small by modern standards and built to use gut strings like the nylon strings seen on modern classical and flamenco guitars, Martin’s X-bracing proved to be perfect for larger guitars. This Style of Bracing has become the industry standard and would be used in 99% of commercially built guitars.
Headstock, Bindings, Bridge & Fretboard – Desert Oak (Acacia coriacea spp. sericophylla)
About as Australian as you can get. This Timber has deep chocolate brown colour, close grain, its heavy and very hard, from Western Queensland and a member of the Acacia family.
Rosette – Gidgee Ring with inside Paua Ring
A book matched pair of Straight grained Gidgee with a Paua Ring inlaid into in
Nut and Saddle – Hand made from Northern Territory Buffalo Horn
The 6mm saddle is a firm fit into the Bridge but can be removed if needed. It has a line scribed along the soundhole face; this indicates the orientation of the saddle in the bridge. The Nut has been slotted for EJ45TT Strings. The Nut is also a firm fit; it has a small amount of CA glue holding it in place.
Neck - American Curly Maple (Acer spp.)
Quilted and Curly Maple are different figure types of the same species, it is an imported wood, and one of the most popular woods for stringed instruments. It is very stable and can be visually stunning.
The Neck is fitted with a Double Acting Steel Trussrod, accessible from the Soundhole with a 4mm Allen key. The Neck to Body Joint is a “Flat Bolt on Bolt Off” construction, having 2 x 6mm metal threaded inserts in the neck heel. These bolts are accessible through the Soundhole with a 4mm Allen Key.
Tuners – Tuners - Gotoh mini-510, in Cosmic Black Chrome
Exceptional High-quality tuners, consistently ranked at the top of the industry by musical instrument makers. Manufactured in Japan and distributed worldwide GOTOH GUT
Strings – ‘Elixir’ Custom Light 11-52
Action has been set as low as possible to great intonation and ease of playing. While this Guitar can be fitted with heavier string it is not recommended.
Finish - Hand Polished High Gloss Nitro Cellulous Lacquer
A hardwearing lacquer that is chemical resistant and easily repaired. Approximately 20 coats of Lacquer are applied over a 10-day period, after a week curing time, the lacquer is hand levelled using wet/dry sandpaper, micromesh pads and finally buffed to a mirror finish