“What’s with the Piano?”…On Wood, Happy New Years, Etc…..

Hi All, Happy New Year!  The venture that is Guitars-Electric is chooglin along nicely, with a number of builds in the works from David and Damian, some great sound reproduction gear from Chris Benson in stock with another Tall Bird on its way.  We look forward to sharing these new pieces as they wrap up in the next few weeks.

Here in Seattle, on the last day of 2015 we took the plunge and upgraded the infrastructure of Steph’s teaching practice….meaning we made good on a promise of investing in a baby grand piano for the studio.  As it is a big commitment for us, Steph played and I listened to a bunch of instruments with differing construction methods and assorted approaches to achieving their signature sound.  After A/B’ing American, Japanese, and European pianos and identifying some of their signatures, we ended up going with a European build.  While there were other builds that had a more consistent and balanced sound through out the spectrum, we went the direction we did due to the pure romance and beauty of the sound of this piano.  I likened the differences to being similar to a high end solid state amplifier vs. a high end tube amp. We went for the sound with the euphonic glow. 

 Steph's new piano

Steph's new piano

The proprietor emphasized that a big portion of what we were enjoying about this sound was due to the soundboard made from old growth bavarian spruce, picked for it’s musical properties.  My ears perked up when hearing this, as tone wood selection is one of things we’ve noticed make a difference in the best guitars we’ve played.

 Myka #186

Myka #186

The old growth redwood that the Ronin gents use, Saul Koll’s use of an ancient Brazilian rosewood fretboard on my arch top superior, as well as the wood selection that the builders we represent put into their builds, they make a good guitar into to something very special. The Rocket III that we have on order from Damian Probett is coming from a prized stash of 150 year old Mahogany that positively impacts the Rocket’s sound.  And you can’t get away from the amazing tone wood selections that go into a Myka guitar.  Kingwood, Koa, Cedar, Cocobolo, Walnut, Ebony…David’s gifted.  His tone wood combinations are one of the highlights of his builds.

 Myka #186

Myka #186

I'm positing that wood matters.  Tone wood selections and combinations have been highlights of the best guitars we’ve played/owned (see here), and this will be a big consideration in every guitar we offer to folks interested in purchasing one or two from us.

 Myka #186

Myka #186

On another note, David Bowie’s passing on January 10 effected us in a way we did not expect.  

Facebook post from the morning of the 11th reads “It seems he somehow found it within himself to make his passing into one of his finest pieces and that inspires awe. His music had a serious impact to my life, Hunky Dory in particular providing solace when times were their most challenging. Many due respects to one of the finest artists my generation has known, and deepest condolences to those close to him. Rest gently in whichever state suits your current preference, Mr. Bowie”

Alright - Happy New Year.  Let’s make 2016 a great one.

Best from to you from Guitars-Electric.