I played frequently when much younger. Later in life there just never seemed to be time. When I decided to build guitars it was only natural to have a renewed interest in playing as well. I was very surprised at how much flexibility I had lost in my hands and my left wrist in particular. On working out my first model I began to think of ways to make a guitar that was more comfortable to play. The SLG is the end result. By the way, if you’re wondering how it got it’s name, when I showed the first one to a good friend, one of his comments was “That’s a sweet little guitar” and it stuck.
This guitar is loosely based on a Martin guitar, the Norman Blake model. It has a 000 size body normally used with a neck that joins the body at the 14th fret, but in this design I use a neck that joins at the 12th fret. The effect of this combination is that it shifts the bridge lower on the body into the area that some call “The Sweet Spot” and reduces the length of the neck by 2 frets. If you need access higher on the neck, I offer this model with a florentine cutaway upgrade as well, as shown here.
The soundhole diameter has been reduced from the standard 4″ diameter to 3 3/4″ to help boost the bass response.
Another feature is the use of a shorter, 24.9″, scale length. This does 2 things. It reduces tension on the strings and shortens the fret to fret distance, effectively reducing strain on the left hand and wrist.
At only 3 1/4″ deep at the heel, the body is very comfortable to hold as well.
My goal with this guitar was to produce an instrument that would be easy and comfortable to play while retaining excellent tone. I believe I have accomplished this with the SLG.
- Body Length 19 1/2″
- Lower bout width 15 3/8″
- Upper bout width 11 1/4″
- Width at waist 9 1/4″
- Depth at heel 3 5/8″
- Depth at tail 4 5/8″
- Nut width 1 3/4″
- Neck joins the body at the 14th fret
- 25.4″ scale length
- Carbon Fiber reinforced double X bracing
- Sitka, Engleman, or Lutz Spruce or Western Red Cedar top
- East Indian Rosewood back & sides
- Solid wood binding
- BWB purfling
- 5 pc. laminated neck
- Solid wood Burl rosette
- Ebony or Rosewood fretboard & bridge
- Bone nut & saddle
- Solid wood “faux” binding on compound radius fretboard
- Gotoh mini tuners
- Water based lacquer high gloss finish
- Hard shell case