Everyone who plays “traditional” acoustic guitars knows that in time the action of the guitar goes up influencing the pliability and intonation. No matter what type of bracing pattern is used, the soundboard will arch in time due to the constant pull from the strings. Then, the only option that a traditional glued neck-joint leaves is to lower the saddle and bridge by sanding. Then a complete reset of the neck is necessary.
People tend to put artistic inlays on guitar headstocks before drilling holes through to fit tuners. …not the best solution! How about having a headstock with no holes?
This consideration, as well as the idea of completely hiding the tuners, brought us to this solution. The headstock is now closed and all you can see is the front of it with an inlay. In addition to that, the headstock panel is detachable. Not only will the headstock panel hide the tuners, but now it is possible to have several “head panels” for one guitar and change them as desired.
When you play guitar, your arm rests on the guitar’s side and partially on its top. This certainly mutes the sound a bit. This is why oftentimes when one wants to hear what a guitar sounds like purely, one holds it in the air by the neck and then strums.
To help with this situation we came up with a DK Armrest. It’s a thin arc that acoustically
decouples your arm from the guitar’s body—not 100%, but enough to hear the difference. With this design, you can always hear your guitars’ full potential. It looks cool
Most of our guitars are built with a tail string attachment. This partially relieves the top from the torque caused by strings’ tension. The Balance Bridge is the next step towards making the top torque and deflection free.Read More
Playing or just practicing with a guitar is often a one-on-one performance. It’s only you and your guitar. The best sound experience, however, is not usually from the player’s position, but rather from the listener who is in front of the player. After all, that is where the sound hole is aimed. We don’t think this is “fair”.
This was an idea of ours for sometime before we actually implemented it. There are two concepts combined into one solution: Pin-less strings’ attachment and more vibration energy transferred to the soundboard.…Read More
The concept of having guitar strings attached to the tail piece rather than to the bridge is not new. In our opinion, tail pieces are great design elements that bring another look to the flat-top acoustic guitar. However, what we care more about is the sound quality you can achieve when the soundboard is braced lesser and is not subjected to the significant torque from the bridge with strings attached to it.…Read More
Everyone believes that the lighter the bridge, the better the sound. Even though it’s not totally true. How about not having a bridge at all? What do you mean, you ask? Look at the images. What do you see? There is only a saddle and a small string-through bar to ensure the right angle. How does it work? The saddle has a portion hidden in the guitar body that is as high as the portion above the top. The bridge literally becomes part of the bracing. The advantage of this “bridge-less” construction is that a much higher portion of the saddle exposed above the top provides much better leverage for lateral vibration energy transmission. The result is that, beside looking cool, this bridge-less design makes the guitar sound really good. In fact, the first guitar on which this design was used happened to be the best sounding guitar we ever built.
With a tail string attachment there is a relatively long segment of string under tension between the bridge and the tail. If the tail piece is small, the length of this string segment becomes even longer leading to a random audible resonance frequesncy.…Read More
The guitar’s bridge, beside having the functional purpose of transmitting sound vibrations to the soundboard, also provides an element of creative design. Along with providing a truly original look, our bridges are designed to work together with the top bracing to contribute greatly to the sound of the guitar. They have their anchors spread out connecting throughout the top with underneath braces that extend sound waves further. Having no pins makes it easier to change strings and gives the bridge a very special look as well.
We like small acoustic guitars with vibrant tones and sparkling highs that are easy to play. The obvious disadvantage to guitars like this is a diminished bass response.
Thinking of this problem one day, we realized that engineers building acoustic speakers long ago were facing the same issue.
When it comes to guitar bracing, virtually everything has already been tried. Well, we’ve heard this many times in other areas of life, but from time to time people still come up with new ideas that work. So, from our perspective, why not at least give it a creative try.Read More