The "Méridien" model is a small archtop made for amplified acoustic playing, solidly built to avoid feedback as much as possible. It makes an attractive blend of Manouche (the soundhole, tailpiece and floating bridge) and archtop shapes.
The piezo system is a Fishman Matrix, which I find quite attractive because it avoids the “quack” quite effectively. The controls are located inside the oval hole, using a small ebony piece that adapts it to the curved surface of the top. The bridge is adjustable, as in most conventional archtops, but you’ll need an Allen wrench to move it. Its design includes two aligning pins that keep the moving part of the bridge (and so the piezo element built inside it) parallel to the foot. The battery is in a small box at the tail end.
The woods used in the construction of the soundbox are all solid, so it is a real carved archtop with bent sides. It has a European Spruce top, and European Curly Maple back and sides. The bridge, tailpiece and fingerboard are all ebony. The peghead face is Curly Etimoe, a gorgeous wood, and the bindings are Mexican Granadillo, a rosewood that doesn’t look as dark as Indian Rosewood when seen through the finish, which is a honey amber nitrocellulose. I avoid Indian Rosewood bindings since a client told me that a guitar with them looks “like an obituary” – I can’t avoid thinking that since then. The purflings on top and back are plastic, and the reason for that is that I use the same as in the fingerboard surface, where plastic does not suffer any deterioration (maple rots if used for bindings/purflings at the fingerboard). The purflings on the sides are maple.
The neck has a 25.5” scale. The nut width is 1 11/16” (43 mm) and the fretwire is Jescar 43080 EVO Gold, which is a medium size, but in these times of huge wire it could be considered better as medium –small. The fret ends are rounded, and there is a zero-fret, which is another touch of Manouche guitars. I wanted the fretboard without a "neck extension", mainly because I had in mind some Les Paul players that complain about the elevated fingerboard when they try conventional archtop guitars. The neck is laminated, and I like a lot the contrasting laminations at the back. The center is Merbau, a VERY stable wood that can compare to Teak. This guitar was made in 2015, and its neck is as good as the first day, which says everything about the stability of this wood and of the laminated construction. At both sides of this central lamination there are two narrow maple veneers, then two mahogany pieces and finally two maple laminations. The result is as beautiful as it can get, but then there is the slotted headstock with the amazingly beautiful Schaller Grand Tune machines with snakewood buttons.
|VK/RP EURO 3.490,00||vorrätig / in stock|
|EURO 2.932,77 – netto||For commercial EU- or all NON-EU Residents*|
|*National taxes and fees has to be payed by the customer|