I’m very pleased to present the culmination of months of collaborative design and head-scratching between myself and Paul Heumiller, owner of Dream Guitars in Weaverville, NC. I was honored when Paul asked me to build him a multiscale, or fanned-fret baritone guitar, based on his extensive experience as a player, and champion of the baritone guitar concept. Paul plays, buys, and sells the finest acoustic guitars in the world every day, and baritones are one of his specialties.
We chose straight-grained, quartersawn Padauk for the back and sides, due to it’s excellent clarity in the lows and low mids, especially since the body is of Jumbo proportions. Possibly even more importantly, we went with Red (Adirondack) Spruce for the top and all top bracing. This allowed me to thin the wicked stiff red spruce to a thickness more typical of a smaller-bodied guitar, while maintaining optimum flexural rigidity. That’s luthier-speak for “Red Spruce kicks ass!”