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Latitude

It’s unusual; it’s sharp; it’s daring.

The main feature of the Latitude guitar is the bridge. In this instrument, we present the logical culmination of our “Balance” bridge design concept. This design results in zero up-pulling force—hence more freedom to vibrate with no deflection of the top over time, and a lighter bracing for a better tone and responsiveness.

Besides the bridge, this guitar new body shape with two side bevels for more comfortable playing, and a pitch-black top with red strings for that dramatic look.

Latitude – Specifications

LATITUDE SPECS

Body shape: Custom
Top: European cedar
Back & sides: Figured Sycamore
Neck: Figured Mahogany
Fingerboard: Ebony (16″ radius)
Scale: 25.4″
Body length: 20″
Lower bout: 16″
Nbr of frets: 20 (14 off the body)

Tango

We wanted to create a relatively small guitar that would still sound confident and magical. “Tango” delivers all of this and more. As unique as it is, this guitar also
embraces two interesting innovations:

First, – the headstock is covered with a panel that is detachable. Not only does this hide tuners, but it also makes it possible to have several “head panels” for
one guitar with the ability to exchange them at the player’s discretion. Second, – the body profile. This guitar is only 2-inches thick at the neck. Despite this, it
produces a sound big with great projection!

With a thin body, a shortened scale, and a narrow neck profile, this instrument is very comfortable to play. The sound is very warm but balanced and full of harmonics.

Tango – Specifications

TANGO SPECS

Body shape: Custom
Top: Angelmann Spruce
Back & sides: Claro Figured Walnut / Curly Hard Maple
Neck: Curly Hard Maple
Fingerboard: Cocobolo (16″ radius)
Scale: 24.9″
Body length: 19″
Lower bout: 15.5″
Nbr of frets: 20 (14 off the body)

Revelation

Although the creation of this guitar was heavily influenced by the concept of the ancient Lute, it still needed to become a modern acoustic guitar. The idea was to design an instrument that would contain features of several guitar generations and in so doing, produce a superior sound.

By breaking many rules and incorporating a few new concepts, this instrument sounds and plays extremely well. It is truly a joy to see, touch, and play — and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

Revelation – Specifications

REVELATION SPECS

Body shape: Custom
Top: Claro Figured Walnut
Back & sides: Claro Figured Walnut / Curly Hard Maple
Neck: Curly Hard Maple
Fingerboard: Cocobolo (16″ radius)
Scale: 25.4″
Body length: 19″
Lower bout: 14 3/4″
Nbr of frets: 21 (15 off the body)

Symphony

Besides its visual beauty, this instrument incorporates two major design ideas: The first is to increase the “rocking” movement of the saddle. We incorporated the bridge into the bracing and hid it under the top. This creates significant leverage for the lateral strings’ forces resulting in a very noticeable sound improvement. Secondly, we added two “sound holes” as you can see. The idea is to make the main sound-producing portion of the top have more “freedom” to vibrate. This, again, makes the guitar more sensitive and harmonically rich. Interestingly enough, the projection of this guitar is excellent.

The sound of this guitar is very rich and full of harmonics. It’s loud but not intrusive and it has great balance from its deep, deep base to its sparkling highs well up to the  24th fret.

Symphony Specifications
SYMPHONT SPECS
Body shape: Fibonacci
Top: Angelmann Spruce
Back & sides: Sycamore
Neck: Cherry
Fingerboard: Ebony (16″ radius)
Scale: 25.4″
Body length: 19″
Lower bout: 14 3/4″
Nbr of frets: 24 (14 off the body)

Cleopatra

Meet Cleopatra: A combination of simplicity and elegance.

Besides the overall design and wood choice, this guitar has two conceptually new features: A pin-less bridge and a new bracing pattern that reinforces the center portion of the top and leaves more free-to-vibrate space off the sides.

As a result, the Cleopatra has a very pleasant warm sound, which is not too bright. She also produces a great level of detail and harmonics, while presenting long sustain and fairly 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: 15 3/4″
Nbr of frets: 20 (14 off the body)

Fiesta

This guitar is as unique as it gets while having the spirit of Fiesta in every design element, color, and sound. The Fiesta delivers a great sound despite its relatively small size and hardwood top. It produces endless sustain, a 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 soundhole shape, the position of the soundhole and a conceptually new bracing pattern with no bridge plate underneath the soundboard.

You may like or hate the design, but from a 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 get 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.

Besides 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 tonewoods on the top bring something new to the resulting sound?
2. Would a “grand piano” hypothesis work on a small guitar?

What is the “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 the best of two worlds. For a small guitar, the Duetto delivers a 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

This guitar is a small-bodied instrument with beautiful, rare, and difficult-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 using powerful sounding cocobolo wood for back and sides as well as the finest tonal quality cedar top has resulted in an excellent sounding small-bodied
instrument. Its very light top bracing supported by the ‘tailpiece string anchor’ makes the cedar top even more sensitive and responsive. Add the side sound hole and this guitar is an intimate instrument to enjoy.

We took this design a bit farther than just a few steps from tradition. It is very stylish from a design perspective and will certainly be recognized as unique 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 armrest and a 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

A totally unique instrument from any perspective. Side soundhole 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 a 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. At our own risk, we made all the body
parts of padauk, which is a type of very dense and fairly heavy rosewood. The result exceeds 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 fingerpicking or strumming holding any load while still being very
responsive.

The original inlay of the Full 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, this guitar was named “Picasso” for its funky appearance that goes against tradition. This guitar is visually arresting and offers the player our unique side sound port that gives a direct projection of the guitar’s sound.

The combination of one-of-a-kind curly ambrosia maple that was cut about eighty-years ago as well as the highest grade Engelmann spruce gives this instrument a very original voice that is both 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. The back and sides are made from some stunning pomelle quilted bubinga. A full twenty-three frets are available on the higher strings due to the cut-away. And the unique arm-rest makes it easy to play despite it being a fairly large instrument.

The body design suggests a big sound with a lot of bass. 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 the full-size sound hole located on the side for an unforgettable experience for the player.

Big body – massive sound. At the same time – well-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 pickguard protecting the 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