B Specs & Details   (fixed necks)

The B models are available in two different body sizes and different scale lengths with the regular bolt-on neck connection or the new adjustable neck connection. Most of these guitars are built according to the customer’s dream, matching the individual taste and playing style. With each batch of custom orders we’re building a few extra guitars to always have some guitars available for people who can’t wait for the usual 6-9 months delivery time.

 

B-Medium

The B-medium is the perfect compromise if you’re looking for a full and rich sounding guitar with a slightly smaller body for comfortable playability. This is an excellent finger style guitar with a very quick response, is nicely balanced and also offers great bass resonance. All B-Medium guitars are now also available with new adjustable neck joint (scroll all the way down) and are also offered with custom scale lengths or as Baritone and Bass guitar.

Standard Specifications (many customizable):
Body length: 19 1/8″ (48,6cm)
Body width: 14 1/2″ (36,8cm)
Body depth: 4″ (10,2cm)
Scale length: 25 1/2″ (65cm)
Nut width: 1 3/4″ (45mm)
Bridge spacing E-E: 2 1/8″ (54mm)
Fret on body: 14th

B-Big

The B-big is our most powerful guitar with the widest tonal range. This body shape provides excellent bass response, is well balanced with clear trebles and offers a very rich and full sound. All B-Big guitars are now also available with new adjustable neck joint (scroll all the way down) and are also offered with custom scale lengths or as Baritone and Bass guitar.

Standard Specifications (many customizable):
Body length: 20″ (50,8cm)
Body width: 16″ (40,6cm)
Body depth: 4 1/2″ (11,5cm)
Scale length: 25 1/2″ (65cm)
Nut width: 1 3/4″ (45mm)
Bridge spacing E-E: 2 1/8″ (54mm)
Fret on body: 14th

B Models Neck Connections

 

There are several factors that can affect the playability of a guitar in general. One of the most common issues is the “action” becoming too high over time (distance between strings and frets). This is mainly caused by the constant tension on the guitar which makes the top raise up and makes the neck bend forward over time. An all solid acoustic guitar is also constantly exposed to climate and humidity changes which causes the woods to either slightly expand or shrink. Also these slight changes in the wood affect the playability substantially. Within a certain range the action can be lowered or raised by correcting the truss rod in the neck (about 0.3mm forward bow is perfect) and the bridge saddle can also be lowered or raised with shims accordingly. However, in many places the humidity changes are quite significant between winter and summer and so you may end up resetting your bridge saddle and truss rod every few months.
In the worst case, a neck joint needs to be reset in order to set up the guitar properly again which can mean a major operation on a glued traditional dove tail neck joint.

Bolt-on Cantilevered Neck Joint

To address this issue for many years I’ve been offering a simple bolt-on neck joint with a traditional heel and a “non-traditional” flying fretboard down to the sound hole. The two-way truss rod in the neck is running from head plate to heel and the flying part is reinforced with two carbon fibre rods. This connection not only frees up the top for more vibration, it also makes a neck angle reset incredibly easy should it ever become necessary.

I’m still offering this neck joint to all of those who prefer the look of a more traditional heel and it also invites to make those beautiful twisted cutaways 🙂

 

 

 

 

New Adjustable Bolt-on Cantilevered Neck Joint

Now, to make a solid wood guitar totally climate proof you won’t get around an adjustable neck connection. In connection with the unique ASTHA Guitars project in India I’ve been developing a new adjustable neck connection which I also offer now on my guitars as an option!

This connection combines some major advantages:

  • super easy string action change by adjusting the neck angle with an 4mm Alen key
    (180° turn raises or lower the action by about 1.5mm at the 12 fret)
  • big enough connecting surface between body and neck (not only linear) for a good vibration transfer
  • solid neck right up to the 20th fret
  • two-way truss rod on the full fret board length (not only to the heel)
  • comfortable access to the higher frets because of the missing heel
  • no string compensation changes!
  • the neck can also be removed for traveling to pack-up the guitar in a hardshell suitcase
    (by far not as quick an easy though as the B-Compact guitars…)