2003 – Beta: Walnut / Cedar 000

Beta guitar was an experimental model aimed at constructing a guitar that frets easily. The short 24.9 inch fingerboard scale coupled with light strings results in low string tension. A thin cedar soundboard compensates for the low string tension, and the 12 fret neck on the OM body locates the bridge in the center of the lower bout. The result is a guitar that’s easy to fret with a good sound.

I built this guitar for myself. I tend to play guitar sporadically which is hard on fingertips. This guitar is fingertip friendly.

When I played my various guitars at a local Creative Arts show in 2008, this guitar was judged to be my best sounding guitar.

Slotted ebony headplate, ebony fingerboard and bridge, and Oxford PSL lacquer finish.