The star ingredient of this series is granadillo, a Central American tonewood that boasts a rich musical heritage. Historically sourced from Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula region, it’s considered a type of rosewood, although the species we procured technically doesn’t bear rosewood’s Dalbergia family name. The wood has been the object of our desire for some time, but it hadn’t been available in any quantity with proper legal documentation until fate dropped a batch into the lap of our wood buyer, Chris Cosgrove. A reasonable price allowed us to offer it in our 400 Series price range. There’s no telling when we’ll have this opportunity again.
Sonically, granadillo is comparable to Indian rosewood, but it’s harder and denser, yielding an additional bell-like ring and long-sustaining notes. The wood traditionally has been used for marimba bars because of its clear, chimey tone. Classical guitar makers later borrowed it and have been using it for at least 50 years.
Visually, this granadillo exhibits hues that vary from set to set, ranging from pomegranate reds to copper browns, in some cases with more variegation and wilder grain than Indian rosewood. For this series, we also chose to bring the granadillo to the front of the guitar, using it for the bridge (with rosewood bridge pins) and headstock overlay.
The appointment package also borrows from the wood-centric design aesthetic of the classical world, featuring rock maple for the binding, rosette and progressive dot fretboard inlays. Four body styles are available, and all models feature satin-finish back and sides with a gloss finish top, a Venetian cutaway, and Expression System electronics.