top & bracing are voiced specifically to generate the best
possible tone for tunings such as:
open E (a much-favoured tuning for accompanying
a "regular" guitar),
"low-bass-A" (the traditional Hawaiian tuning as found in the
majority of original instructional material from the early half of the 20th century)
and the family of tunings used more by electric steel guitar players
such as C6th etc.
this The Malago is also capable of being played in the lower
tunings such as open D, where it exhibits a unique tone which
distinguishes itself from the more common "Weissenborn
It's a guitar which stands alone as the ideal instrument for
someone looking for a guitar with that ethereal acoustic hollowneck
sustain but which has it's own distinctive voice, different from a
regular "Weissenborn Copy" and also avoiding the tonal compromise
of using a capo for higher tunings.
This design featues a modified version of the traditional "X-Bracing" with
the main vibrational area of the soundboard being round and the bridge
saddle placed centrally for a beautifully rich and sweet tone with
excellent note separation.
The bracing is finely radiused which "preloads" the top against
string tension and makes The Malago highly responsive to the player's
touch, with a wide dynamic range from soft & intimate to a strident
growl if you really "dig in".
feature hidden inside The Malago is that the internal face
of the headblock is shaped into a compound radius parabolic
curve which effectively acts as a "waveguide", reflecting acoustic
energy back down the hollow neck towards the soundboard further
reinforcing the tone.
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