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Cleopatra

Meet Cleopatra. A combination of simplicity and elegance.
Beside the overall design and wood choice, this guitar has two conceptually new features:
– The pin-less bridge.
– New bracing pattern reinforcing the center portion of the top and leaving more than 1 inch brace-free space off the sides.
As the result, we have very pleasant ‘liquid’ sound, which is not too bright but giving a great level of details and harmonics, while presenting long sustain with warm and deep bass.

Cleopatra Specifications
CLEOPATRA SPECS
Body shape: Fibonacci
Top: Curly Sitka Spruce
Back & sides: Granadillo
Neck: Curly Maple
Fingerboard: Ebony (16″ radius)
Scale: 25.4″
Body length: 19″
Lower bout: 14 3/4″
Nbr of frets: 20 (14.5 off the body)

Fiesta

As unique as it gets. Having the spirit of Fiesta in every design element, color and the sound. This guitar delivers a great sound despite of relatively small size and a hardwood (!) top. Endless sustain, huge dynamic range and a very good balance across all octaves.

Fiesta Specifications
FIESTA SPECS
Body shape: Fibonacci OM based
Top: Figured Podauk
Back & sides: Figured Podauk
Neck: Podauk
Fingerboard: Bloodwood (16″ radius)
Scale: 24.9″
Body length: 18.5″
Lower bout: 14 7/8″
Nbr of frets: 20 (15 off the body)

Inigma

When we shared the initial idea for this design, the comments were “this is ridiculous” and “this is not going to work”. It was disappointing but then we thought that these comments could be true about most DK guitars, so we built it anyway having three main concepts to prove. The influence of the sound hole shape, the position of the sound hole and a conceptually new bracing pattern with no bridge plate underneath the soundboard.

You may like or hate the design, but from sound perspective we believe that this instrument is something truly special.

Inigma Specifications
INIGMA SPECS
Body shape: Fibonacci OM
Top: Curly Sitka Spruce
Back & sides: Figured Walnut
Neck: Curly Maple
Fingerboard: Ebony(16″ radius)
Scale: 25.4″
Body length: 18.5″
Lower bout: 14 3/4″
Nbr of frets: 21 (15 off the body)

Fibonacci

It’s a known fact that the Golden Ratio (related to Fibonacci numbers) is the most natural and harmonious pattern created and supported by nature. This pattern does apply to music in many aspects including the relationship  between notes. 1, 2, 3, 5, 8… The 1, 3 and 5 make a chord. Eight steps gets you to an octave diatonically and the next number, 13, gets you to an octave chromatically. Hard to argue with. We took the golden ratio concept and spent a year designing and building our Fibonacci guitar and proved how much of a difference the golden ratio makes to the sound of an instrument. This is after all, what Stradivari did in designing his violins.

Yes. It is a flat top acoustic guitar with big open and balanced sound, huge dynamic range and incredible sustain and harmonics. Arguably – the best sounding DK Guitar.

Fibonacci Specifications
FIBONACCI SPECS
Body shape: Fibonacci
Top: LUTZ Spruce
Back & sides: Curly Walnut
Neck: Hard Maple
Fingerboard: Cocobolo (12…16″ radius)
Scale: 24.9″
Body length: 19.8″
Lower bout: 16″
Nbr of frets: 20

Leon

Built as a birthday present, this guitar was the realization of several new ideas. First, – the idea of partially “freeing” the soundboard from being bound by the guitar’s frame. The ‘f’ sound holes make the top more suspended allowing for bigger sound volume and better sensitivity. The bridge on this guitar is thin and having two parts, taking more space and transmitting more vibrations to the guitar’s top making the sound more vibrant.

Beside that, – the absolutely beautiful set of woods that came together nicely and made this warm looking and balanced sounding guitar a real pleasure to hold and play.

Leon Specifications
LEON guitar SPECS
Body shape: Fibonacci
Top: Red Spruce
Back & sides: Curly Maple
Neck: Granadillo
Fingerboard: Bird’s eye hard Maple (16″ radius)
Scale: 24.9″
Body length: 19.8″
Lower bout: 16″
Nbr of frets: 20

Duetto

There were two questions to ask if you are thinking of having a Duetto built.
1. Would the combination of two best known tone woods on the top bring something new to the resulting sound?
2. Would a “grand piano” hypothesis work on a small guitar?

What is “grand piano” hypothesis? The string holding frame of a grand piano has this curved shape. One string – one tone. If you look at the wood grain structure, you’ll see dark lines, corresponding to a denser wood. You may think of these as grand piano strings if “the frame” is shaped properly … as on the Duetto top.

So, first, arguably, the combination of punchy spruce and mellow cedar does offer best of two worlds. For a small guitar, the Duetto delivers very focused and balanced sound with good response and lovely sustain. Second, – the different responses of the cedar and spruce blend extremely well making the overall sound very rich and pleasant.

Duetto Specifications
DUETTO SPECS
Body shape: Concertino OM
Top:  Engelmann Spruce / Red Cedar
Back & sides:  Curly Cherry
Neck:  Curly Cherry
Fingerboard:  Ziricote (16″)
Scale:  24.9″
Body length:  19″
Lower bout:  15″
Nbr of frets:  20

Golden Puzzle

Small body instrument with beautiful, rare and not easy to work with Avodire back and sides combined with “look through” Bloodwood. A new bridge concept was introduced with this guitar (read more on our Innovations page). It has a Sliding Neck for easy action adjustment plus a sound port for low range enhancement to make a more full sounding small instrument. This guitar was made as a gift to a dear friend who loves it.

Golden Puzzle Specifications
GOLDEN PUZZLE SPECS
Body shape: Concertino OM
Top:  Engelmann Spruce
Back & sides:  Curly Avodire
Neck:  Curly Maple
Fingerboard:  Bloodwood (16″)
Scale:  25.4″
Body length:  19″
Lower bout:  15″
Nbr of frets:  20

Forte

A combination of making powerful sounding Cocobolo wood for back & sides and the finest tonal quality Cedar top resulted in a very good sounding small body instrument. Its very light top bracing supported by the ‘tail piece string anchor’ makes the Cedar top even more sensitive and responsive. Add the side sound hole this guitar is an intimate instrument to enjoy.

We took this one a bit more than just a few steps from tradition. It is very stylish from a design perspective and will certainly be recognized when played on stage.

Forte Specifications
FORTE SPECS
Body shape: Concertino OM
Top:  Cedar
Back & sides:  Cocobolo
Neck:  Curly Maple
Fingerboard:  Cocobolo
Scale:  24.9″
Body length:  19″
Lower bout:  15″
Nbr of frets:  20

Pure

We wanted to design a guitar that would be as traditional as possible but still be one of a kind. This one named “Pure” was an attempt to achieve that. Easily accessible beautiful tonewoods, combined with smooth design lines, created an appearance and the sound of something balanced and unique.

With the harmonious combination of an arm rest and the bridge made of ebony, this guitar stands out from a design perspective. A slightly oversized bridge and the ‘tail strings attachment’ allowed us to achieve a very warm base while delivering sparkling highs and incredible sustain.

Pure Specifications
PURE SPECS
Body shape: Concertino
Top:  Engelmann Spruce
Back & sides:  Indian Rosewood
Neck:  Curly Maple
Fingerboard:  Ebony (16″)
Scale:  24.5″
Body length:  19.5″
Lower bout:  15.5″
Nbr of frets:  20

Black Sword

Totally unique instrument from any perspective. Side sound hole for enjoyable finger-style playing. Sliding neck for easy action adjustment. Striking design with black Ebony extending the finger-board through the guitar’s top and making it look like a black sword. All these elements make this guitar feel and play like no other.

Our favorite combination of Sitka Spruce for the top and curly Walnut for the back & sides creates truly distinctive sound coming out of this guitar played by a talented person.

Black Sword Specifications
BLACK SWORD SPECS
Body shape: Concertino
Top:  Sitka Spruce
Back & sides:  Black Curly Walnut
Neck:  Curly Maple
Fingerboard:  Ebony (16″)
Scale:  24.5″
Body length: 19.5″
Lower bout: 15.5″
Nbr of frets: 20

Full Moon

This guitar actually changed all our beliefs and assumptions regarding the wood type used to construct the top of an acoustic guitar. To our own risk we made all body parts of Padauk, which is a type of very dense and fairly heavy Rosewood. The result exceeded all expectations. This guitar produces one of the best bass responses we’ve ever heard. Not being overly bright sounding, as we thought it might, the guitar works very well for finger picking or strumming holding any load but still being very responsive.

The original inlay of the Fool Moon night on the back of the guitar certainly helps to get into a mood and hopefully influences the player’s inspiration…

Full Moon Specifications
FULL MOON SPECS
Body shape: Integrity
Top:  Figured Padauk
Back & sides:  Figured Padauk
Neck: Padauk
Fingerboard: Indian Rosewood (16″)
Scale:  24.5
Body length:  20″
Lower bout:  16″
Nbr of frets:  21

Picasso

Unique as it is and having the voice of an angel. Named “Picasso” for funky appearance that is against anything traditional, – this guitar is visually arresting. It offers the player our unique side sound port that gives a direct experience of the guitar’s sound.

The combination of one of a kind curly Ambrozia Maple that was cut about 80 years ago and best grade Engelmann Spruce gave this instrument a very original voice that is warm and crystal clear.

Picasso Specifications
PICASSO SPECS
Body shape: Concertino
Top:  Engelmann Spruce
Back & sides:  Ambrozia Curly Maple
Neck:  Curly Maple
Fingerboard:  Ziricote (16″)
Scale:  24.5″
Body length:  19.5″
Lower bout:  15.5″
Nbr of frets:  20

Inspiration

The prominent look of this lady makes it a good stage companion. Pomelle Quilted Bubinga is the name of stunning wood that back & sides are made of. 23 frets are available on higher strings with the cut-away to reach them. The unique arm-rest makes it easy to play despite of fairly big instrument size.

The body design suggests big sound with lots of base. Great sustain is an essential attribute of this guitar as well.

Inspiration Specifications
INSPIRATION SPECS
Body shape: Inspiration
Top:  Engelmann Spruce
Back & sides: Pomelle Quilted Bubinga
Neck: Mahogany/Bloodwood
Fingerboard: Hard Maple (16″)
Scale:  24.5″
Body length:  19″
Lower bout:  16″
Nbr of frets:  23

Bat

As unique as a guitar can be. One of a kind figured Walnut back with the bat silhouette flying into it. Almost alive mysterious bat-bridge spreading her wings to propagate the sound. Elegant Ebony arm-rest for comfortable playing and full size sound hole located on the side for unforgettable experience for the player.

Big body – massive sound. At the same time – good balanced guitar with superior sustain and clarity.

Bat Specifications
BAT SPECS
Body shape: Inspiration
Top:  Curly Sitka Spruce
Back & sides:  Figured Black Walnut
Neck:  Curly Maple
Fingerboard:  Ebony (16″)
Scale:  24.5
Body length:  19″
Lower bout:  16″
Nbr of frets:  18

Concertino

There is nothing really special about this guitar…  except for DK Guitar appearance, great feel, prominent sound and unusual rosette design that also works as a pick guard protecting very light and bright sounding Redwood top.

Concertino Specifications
CONCERTINO SPECS
Body shape: Concertino
Top:  Sinker Redwood
Back & sides:  Cocobolo
Neck:  Curly Maple
Fingerboard:  Cocobolo (16″)
Scale: 24.5″
Body length:  19.5″
Lower bout:  15.5″
Nbr of frets:  19