The making of an archtop guitar is a really unique experience. The time dedicated to the various manufacturing phases, the hand-bending of the soundboard and the back, the hot bending of the strips with vapour blowing out of wood fibers remind of those usedfor baking a cake. In this case, a good burnt maple biscuit and “goncalo alves”. Butter and chocolate. Let’s Play.
All archtop model presented on these pages are handcrafted from the Shank Instruments owner, luthier Emanuele D’Alò, following the Robert Benedetto method. All soundboards and back are solid wood hand carved.
- Soundboard: Goncalo alves handcarved
- Back: Goncalo alves handcarved
- Sides: curly maple. Binding maple
- Size: 17″
- Height: 3,5″
- Neck: spanish cedar
- Fretboard: ebony, 22 frets medium jumbo
- Radius: 12″
- Braces: parallel
- Diapason: 24,75″
- Nut: 1,7″- Bone
- Pickup: Gibson ’57
- Bridge: ebony
- Finitura: polyurethane satin