Supreme Nylon String
This guitar is just what guitarists, who love both the sound of nylon strings and archtop guitars, are looking for.
Nylon string acoustic archtop guitar
- 17-inch body
- Exquisite top, hand-carved from 60-year carefully aged, workshop seasoned European Alp spruce
- Solid, flamed European maple back and sides
- Slotted headstock
- Three-piece maple neck with French walnut core
- Rosewood bindings
- Brazilian rosewood bridge with bone inlays
- Ebony tailpiece with Brazilian rosewood overlay
- 650 mm scale
- Neck widths (at the nut) available in 45, 48, 52 mm
- Ebony fingerboard
- Gold-plated Schaller tuning machines with ebony tuner buttons
- Neck joins body at the 14th fret
- 22 medium frets
- D-shaped neck profile
- High-gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
“This model originated as a special design for a customer. The idea was to build a nylon-stringed acoustic archtop guitar with the volume and sustain of a classical guitar and the typical assertion of an archtop, which is no easy task! After a great deal of thought, research and well-meant suggestions from my American and European colleagues, all of who were of the opinion that such a combination would not produce satisfactory results, I couldn’t resist the challenge and decided to make an attempt.
To begin, I closely examined and compiled all of the known principles and techniques of archtop, flattop and classical guitar building, developing a concept and then a plan. As I neared completion, my anticipation steadily grew. Once the guitar was finished and strung, the decisive moment came. I played the guitar in my exhibition room, comparing it with archtop and classical guitars. I played various styles, including classical, jazz and blues – both fingerstyle and with a pick. My immediate conclusion was that I would prefer to keep the guitar for myself! The instrument had a truly unbelievable, wonderful personality. Volume, sustain, an assertive, beautiful and dynamically formable tone, elegant and yet powerful – every imaginable quality was present!
However, the true test remained: What would the customer say? Without betraying my opinion, I waited for his response with suspense. Upon seeing the guitar, his first reaction was: ‘Its beauty exceeds my expectations!’ The longer he played, the brighter his face became and his final statement was: ‘Its exactly what I wanted – a wonderful instrument!
Ever since that moment, the Jazz Supreme Nylon String has had a permanent place in my range of archtop guitars.”