Jaen / Odeon / 2011 / Natural / Guitar
I thought of this guitar as an all-solid, AAA wood alternative to 175-type laminated guitars. It has a 16" body (the same as a 175-type). Both the top and back have been carved to make it very responsive acoustically, but the sides are not as deep as in a 175-type (68 mm, 2 11/16" in mine) to control feedback.
I joined the neck at the 14th fret to keep the traditional appearance, but made it somewhat wider: 44.5 mm (1 3/4") at the nut is not very common among electric instruments. I used a similar scale (635 mm, 25"), close to what most 175-type guitars have (around 24 3/4"). All this makes it a guitar that fingerpickers will find very comfortable.
Decoration has been kept reasonably low, but the guitar has bindings at the edge of the soundbox (and another one, invisible because it is ebony, at the fretboard, to hide the fret tangs). With the thumbwheel control knobs hidden under the pickguard it shows a extremely clean appearance.
The back and top are made of well flamed European Maple. The neck is Hard Curly American Maple.
The guitar has a very affordable price, competing directly with quality laminated mass-made alternatives. The reason: it was made in June 2010 (it has helped me to get some custom orders!). It has been around here in my shop all this time, and that makes it less shiny than it was a year ago (there are two sets of pictures here). However, it is stable as a rock and has no signs of wear or any damage, only the natural ageing and contraction of the finish due to its extremely low thickness (nothing like crazing or checking!). Its tailpiece is not grounded, but I will do that before shipping it (see my method here: www.guitarrasjaen.com/Kits/K17TailpieceGroundHelp.html ).
- Price includes shipping to many countries (contact me)
- 18% VAT included (deductible in some cases - contact me)
- Return policy: 100% refund after 3 days if not satisfied
A - Soundbox
- Odeón, 16"
- Depth: 68 mm
- Top, Back and Sides: AAA Curly European Maple (some birdseye on top)
B - Neck
- Scale length: 25"
- Nut: 44.5 mm (1 3/4")
- Hard Curly Maple
- Ebony binding (to hide fret tangs)
C - Electronics
- Gibson Classic 57 Plus pickup, V/T under pickguard (thumbwheels)
- Fittings: All ebony, including pickup ring (heel cap in Cocobolo)
E - Other
- Hiscox case
- Gold hardware
- Schaller machines
Guitarras Jaén, Spain
I started making guitars in 1992. My philosophy is to work on very small batches of at most four guitars, as this lets me focus better on the needs of each client. I am a believer in applying the best method available to each job in the making, so that the final result is the most precise, beautiful and responsive: you'll se me using my hands, conventional tools, power tools and CNC. Together with the finest craftsmanship, I use the finest selected materials available. The final ingredient is my love for logical, functional and useful improvements hidden under a traditional look.
My building process is as follows:
Most ideas that you have for your guitar will adapt to my basic templates for 15, 15.5, 16, 17 and 18 inches, but don't let that imprison your imagination. I absolutely enjoy and find the greatest provilege in digging your own design ideas, especially if you are a seasoned player with a lot of years of hard work behind you, or a good guitar connoisseur. After this initial brainstorming, that can take several weeks in some cases, the design comes to an end as a list of frozen specs. Then I begin making the guitar, which will typically take from two to four months. During that time I will send you reports on a weekly basis. Or, if you take your time and come to my shop, I will show you the progress and let you choose the woods and materials.
If you have a dream guitar in mind, I will make it real!