Almost there ###128527;###128521; The lacquer will follow next. Edit: ONGOING PROJECT at this point, the text is only prepared in advance. So everything depicted below is subject to possible change. Estimated finish date sometime around February/March. I'll be updating every once in a while with photos on-the-go.
You're welcome though to chat with me about it ###128521. I wanted to list this as New. I've been an avid 9-stringer in the last year, first going electric, with my Ibanez. I then started thinking more and more about "djenting" acoustically (unplugged).
So I thought about commissioning a 9-string acoustic to a great luthier I know here in Romania. Cristian Sandu's Criman Guitars currently is our finest example of national craftsmanship in the seemingly ever growing, be it good or bad, domain of luthiery. He is the only one in this area who uses a Dan Erlewine-like guitar neck jig, in order to do perfect fret levellings.So, to begin with, this 9-string acoustic jumbo/dreadnought (not classical) ERG is designed having in mind the Ibanez RG9 fretboard total radius (37.4), known to have been causing a mental and metal frenzy among the djenters when it was first introduced. It was also the most logical thing to do, since I had been used to it for a while. However, Cristian proposed a more grip-convenient radius of 20. This leviathan is currently being meticulously & painstakingly built by this guy, based on my desires, but at the same time on his recommendations. My desires, however, had found their roots after opening a discussion topic about a project like this on SevenString. Btw, here's a big Thank You to the guys there, for illuminating me on certain aspects! Like for example, even if fanned-frets are more like a matter of taste/opinion on electrics, it certainly becomes crucial on acoustics. Bigger gauges surely need longer scales in order to be heard, especially when not being amplified. I've chosen a multi scale length of 28"-30" to go with this, with the following bronze string gauges.
110 On the following tuning: EBF#DAEBF#(1)B(0) Reason behind this is, to have an even tension across the neck. For a while now, I've been doing this to all my guitars.With regards to the fanning angle, I personally chose the vertical fret to be the 4th one. All other manufacturers of electrics or even acoustics have chosen the 6th, 8th or even the 10th fret as the vertical one. My logic is simple: This is an acoustic guitar. As such, I'd be mostly playing chords (particularly some 8- and 9-string chords I'd came up with on my tuning), and less solo stuff.
And so, I wouldn't want the barrés to be putting me through unnecessary wrist stress/aches, whereas some soloing every now & then wouldn't be much of a problem, even if those frets up there are a bit more oblique than normal. For the record, it's also been designed with a small cut-out, for some soloing. Being still aware of the modern designs, where multiple soundholes, though small, are being placed at different spots on these types of guitars, we however concluded that this was going to be primarily a guitar played "by the camp fire".
And only 10% of the time being amped. So the hole was going to be a big classic one. Next comes the necessity for a secondary soundhole, because moving the air inside will be another crucial thing. And this, contrary to some habits of placing it on the upper side or on top in the vicinity of the player, it will be designed on the lower bout, just outside one's "lap area".
The main idea behind it is the fact that it should not deform the overall sound the guitarist himself hears while playing it. Another idea would be to copy the 2.1 surround installation basis. The bass cube, to be more specific.
Bass cubes are always placed low enough, not to disturb the overall sound. So it has to project the overall sound (which at times would be composed also of the lower chords) not only frontally, but also downwards. It'll get a bone nut. The woods in the neck are a mix of solids Ash/Wenge/Mahogany, with 2 truss rods. Fretboard is made of Bubinga.Body & top is made of Ash. Ash is [almost] unheard of on an acoustic, but having played some ash-made acoustics so far... Well, I can only say I think it will be neutral-sounding, with balanced tone throughout bass & treble, and can only wonder why Mahogany is usually the'default' tonewood being used either for neck or for back & sides. I chose the tuners, the tail piece, and the bridge. Though he won't put on the latter, cause he said it wouldn't intonate well. I would beg to differ, but well... Instead, he will carve it out of wood aswell.
The pickups will be positioned/glued inside the body, opposing one another for best sound accumulation. For the pots' positioning, I'm inclined to have them mounted on the top side, so it wouldn't hurt the overall appearance. Cristian also allowed me to choose a model name for this Criman, and I came up with "Ægir" (Aegir), a Norse giant God. And here comes the fun part.I've put up this listing in the spirit of letting others know this thing, this leviathan of a guitar, really exists and it will be a perfect guitar. Perfect for you & me, unplugged... If you like this thing and want it, you can either have this one, or order one through me.
Expect it to be ready in 2 to 3 months. Maybe half a year, but he's had some problems on one of his hands.If you'll have this one that's currently listed, then I'll be ordering another one for me. At the moment I don't really care if I'm gonna keep this one or the next one, cause... Who knows how the one's gonna sound compared to the other, right?
The fun part I was writing about is its name. The God Aegir had 9 daughters.
So we thought about naming the next 9 similar acoustic 9-stringers (if it's gonna be that many) after them. So you can either have the initial God-guitar or wait for its first daughter to come out. Of course, with your appointments/specifications. I'm including a Jumbo acoustic bass hard case, which will fit it like a glove!
Actually, I bought the case first, for it to serve as a pattern for designing the overall guitar dimensions, precisely for it to fit in well. It's just a peeling of its outer mantle. The guitar sits well protected inside it, as it is right now. I'm listing it as New, but of course I'm going to play it, and I'm a maniac in taking care of all my guitars, even between gigs! I'm not counting in the case's condition, I'm only applying it on the instrument.
I'm sure you know there aren't many 9-string acoustic extended range models out there. There had been particularly one that went for a somewhat bigger price.
But none of those have ANY of these [different] mentioned specs. And the first reason, at least from my point of view, would be the choice of the fanning angle. Same goes to say regarding the materials used to build it. Truth be told, I haven't tried a Carbon-based one, but I guess I wouldn't want to. That's what acoustic guitars were first made of, not synthetics.The item "In production Criman Ægir (Aegir) acoustic 9 string 9-string guitar hand made" is in sale since Monday, February 8, 2021. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Acoustic Guitars". The seller is "armadria" and is located in Timisoara, Timis.
This item can be shipped worldwide.