I currently enjoy being a member of a fantastic guitar forum based in the UK: http://acousticsoundboard.co.uk . The forum membership consists of guitar enthusiasts, guitar players and guitar builders (luthiers).
One of the luthier members of the forum is David White (find his website here). Each year (I think I’m correct in saying) David builds a ‘Road Trip’ guitar and David allows (vetted and fortunate) forum members to borrow the guitar for two weeks before handing the guitar over to the next lucky participant.
Yesterday it was my turn to pick up the guitar from Keith (forum administrator) in Somerset. I’ve included pictures of the handover (courtesy and permission of Keith) and some of my own photographs of the beautiful instrument.
The instrument is a Terz guitar which means that it is tuned a tone and a half (step and a half for US players) higher than a standard tuned guitar. It also has a shorter scale length. The guitar has a bell-like quality – it fair chimes and is loud for its diminutive proportions with a very sweet tonality. It also has to be said that it sustains for forever and requires very little effort to get the top to resonate. You can find out more about this guitar style in David’s line here.
I have to add that I’m glad I travelled yesterday as today would have meant navigating this:
Many, many thanks to David White, Keith Chesterton and the Acoustic Soundboard forum.
Below are some very hasty demos of the guitar recorded using a rather antiquated set up: