I am committed to innovation. Nearly every part of my guitars is innovative or has been designed or built using an innovative process. Listed below are ten innovations that I have been responsible for or played a significant part in; there are many more that I have not listed. These innovations offer direct benefits to the player in terms of sensitivity, playability, musicality, longevity or cost reduction. Few guitars offer even one benefit to the player resulting from innovations of this type, whilst the majority of my guitars will contain all ten.
Nut and Saddle Compensation
Nut and saddle compensation make my guitars play much more in tune to the equally tempered scale than most other guitars.
I designed my Falcate bracing system to escape the limitations of more conventional bracing practices.
Top Thicknessing Based On Material Properties
Every top and back panel I make has its material properties measured and is thicknessed accordingly.
Carbon Fibre Reinforced Bridges
A guitar’s bridge is more than just the place where the strings terminate. It is an integral part of the bracing structure of the guitar top.
This innovation is a major breakthrough in guitar design.
All my fixed neck guitars, classical and steel string, feature a neck that can be detached by unscrewing just four bolts from inside the guitar.
Straight String Pull
The straight string pull means less friction over the nut, easier tuning, better tuning stability and more reliable intonation.
Modal tuning is intrinsic to gaining consistent acoustical performance from guitars and is how I achieve consistency in my guitars.
Finishes are more important than you might think.
High Monopole Mobility
Monopole mobility is a measurement of how much a guitar top will move under the oscillatory forces of the strings. More movement = more sound.