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Bashkin Build Update

This year we are committing to an incredible selection of stock instruments for the TNAG Showroom, not just offering a wide variety of body shapes and sizes but also branching out into other tonal arenas from wood alternatives to the mainstream. The actions of CITIES placing Indian Rosewood on appendix 2 certainly shook up the guitar world back in January 2017. and is still shaking it up for many today. However, apart from the obvious good, it is doing for the environment and the sustainability of the worlds wood, a byproduct is it has helped the guitar market, us (TNAG) the retailer and the luthier widen their imagination and acceptability for alternative woods for both internal and external ergonomics of the guitar.  Michael Bashkin, being one of the finest luthiers in the world has been at the forefront of this for many years and so when we decided to commit to four TNAG stock guitars this year we wanted to ensure we got a wide plethora of tonal range and visual aesthetics from some stunning non-cities regulate woods.

Taken from our interview with Michael earlier on this year: 

BM: You feel very strongly (as do we here at The North American Guitar), about the sustainability of woods in our industry. Tells us a little about alternative wood options you like working with and their individual qualities?

MB:  There are so many great alternative tonewoods that are available to builders today.  I think the bottom line is that the traditional woods that builders and players cherish are becoming more legally restricted, more expensive and lower quality.  So I think it is incumbent on and prudent of guitar makers to lead the market towards the use of non-traditional tonewoods and alternative materials.  We can show that there are viable options to the growing scarcity of traditional woods.  One wood that I am particularly interested in is Indian Bay Laurel.  Which is one of the woods I am using for the guitars coming to TNAG this year.  It's a  really nice looking dark coloured wood and one could mistake it for a rosewood.  Indian Bay Laurel has a great return of energy and some other nice physical properties.   I think it will make a great guitar and I am excited to build with it.

So what do we currently have in the build with Michael at his shop?

First is our OM in Carpathian spruce top coupled with a new tonewood Michael is very excited about called Katalox.  Its common name is Mexican ebony which automatically gives you some idea of its properties;  dense with rosewood like tonal qualities. 

"This guitar will have nice overtone component coupled with the clarity and snap from the Carpathian spruce top, and some nice visual accents that you and I have discussed"...Michael Bashkin.

The second OM is an absolute classic and set to be a real heart melter, also a Carpathian top, but with a beautiful set of flamed European Maple. 

"This is a guitar I'm am going to try and say the most with the least amount of visual information in a more classic simple design.   Both these guitars will also have a new symmetrical bridge design"...Michael Bashkin.

Next guitars on the bench are the world-renowned Bashkin Sj's.

The first SJ is with Indian Bay Laurel and again Carpathian spruce top, which is one of Michaels favorite wood combinations to work with. The Indian Bay Laurel is one of the new alternative tonewoods Michael is most excited about using and getting out there is the guitar world. 

The final guitar is a multi-scale SJ  cutaway with an arm bevel, and Swiss moon spruce top over a really old set of Mahogany back and sides.  This guitar will have several unique inlay designs that will incorporate the torched burl elements we discussed earlier.

 

Here the incoming Bashkin Guitars in more detail:

Bashkin OM European Flamed Maple / Carpathian Spruce - £7,450.00.

Serial # 152, 2018.

  • Top - Carpathian Spruce 
  • Back and sides - European Flamed Maple
  • Neck - Honduran Mahogany
  • Headstock overlay - Ebony bound in Ebony with maple veneer line inlays
  • Back of headstock - Ebony
  • Binding - Ebony with Maple side purflings
  • Purfling - Santos with Holly veneers 
  • Rosette - Burled woods
  • Bracing - Adirondack spruce top, Sitka spruce back
  • End graft - Ebony
  • Kerfing - Spanish Cedar 
  • Tuners - Waverly’s - butterbean/nickel
  • Frets - Medium (.080x.040")/ hemispherical ends
  • Bridge plate - Maple
  • Nut/saddle - Bone 
  • Bracing/bridge glue - Hot hide glue
  • Bridge pins - Ebony
  • Fret markers - Amber inlays
  • Truss-rod - Stainless steel - 2 way 
  • Bridge - Ebony
  • Fretboard - Ebony bound in Ebony 
  • Nut width/saddle width - 1.75” / 2.25”
  • Scale - 25.4”
  • Dimensions - Lower bout 15.1”, Waist 9.1”, Upper Bout 11.1”
  • Depth at tail/neck: 4. 125”/3.125”
  • Finish - Nitrocellulose lacquer
Serial # 151, 2018. 
  • Top - Carpathian Spruce 
  • Back and sides - Katalox
  • Neck - Honduran Mahogany
  • Headstock overlay - Katalox bound in Ebony 
  • Back of headstock - Katalox
  • Binding - Ebony with Maple side purflings
  • Purfling - Santos with Holly veneers 
  • Rosette - Burled woods
  • Bracing - Adirondack spruce top, Sitka spruce back
  • End graft - Ebony
  • Kerfing - Spanish Cedar 
  • Tuners - Waverly’s - butterbean/nickel
  • Frets - Medium (.080x.040")/ hemispherical ends
  • Bridge plate - Maple
  • Nut/saddle - Bone 
  • Bracing/bridge glue - Hot hide glue
  • Bridge pins - Ebony
  • Fret markers - Amber inlays
  • Truss-rod - Stainless steel - 2 way 
  • Bridge - Ebony
  • Fretboard - Ebony bound in Ebony 
  • Nut width/saddle width 1.75” / 2.25”
  • Scale - 25.4”
  • Dimensions - Lower bout 15.1”, Waist 9.1”, Upper Bout 11.1”
  • Depth at tail/neck: 4. 125”/3.125”
  • Finish - Nitrocellulose lacquer
Serial # 150
  • Top: Swiss Moon spruce
  • Back and Sides: Honduran Mahogany
  • Neck: Honduran Mahogany
  • Headstock Overlay: Rosewood bound in Rosewood with inlay
  • Back of Headstock: Rosewood
  • Binding: Rosewood with Holly and Rosewood side purflings
  • Purfling: Rosewood with veneers
  • Rosette: Torched and segmented burl
  • Bracing: Adirondack spruce top, Sitka spruce back
  • End Graft: Mahogany/Burl and Holly veneer
  • Kerfing: Solid Spanish Cedar with Rosewood
  • Tuners: Waverley gold with Ebony knobs
  • Back Xbrace Cap: Rosewood
  • Bridge Plate: Rosewood
  • Nut/Saddle: Bone
  • Bracing/Bridge Glue: Hot hide glue
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony/Abalone dot
  • Fret Markers: Buffalo horn inlays
  • Truss-rod: 2 way stainless steel
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Fretboard: Ebony bound in Ebony
  • Nut width/Waddle width: 1.75 / 2.31
  • Multiscale: 26-25.4
  • Dimensions: Lower bout 16, Waist 9.9, Upper Bout 11.9
  • Depth at tail/neck: 4. 2/3.25
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose lacquer
serial # 153, 2018. 
  • Top - Carpathian Spruce 
  • Back and sides - Indian Bay Laurel
  • Neck - Honduran Mahogany
  • Headstock overlay - Ebony bound in Ebony 
  • Back of headstock - Ebony
  • Binding - Ebony with Maple side purflings
  • Purfling - Santos with Holly veneers 
  • Rosette - Burled woods
  • Bracing - Adirondack spruce top, Sitka spruce back
  • End graft - Ebony bound in Ebony
  • Kerfing - Spanish Cedar 
  • Tuners - Waverly’s - butterbean/nickel
  • Frets - Medium (.080x.040")/ hemispherical ends
  • Bridge plate - Maple
  • Nut/saddle - Bone 
  • Bracing/bridge glue - Hot hide glue
  • Bridge pins - Ebony
  • Fret markers - Amber inlays
  • Truss-rod - Stainless steel - 2 way 
  • Bridge - Ebony
  • Fretboard - Ebony bound in Ebony 
  • Nut width/saddle width - 1.75” / 2.25”
  • Scale - 25.4”
  • Dimensions - Lower bout 16”, Waist 9.9”, Upper Bout 11.9”
  • Depth at tail/neck: 4. 25”/3.5”
  • Finish - Nitrocellulose lacquer

For more information on Bashkin Guitars and these absolutely stunning incoming OMs & SJs please contact us on 0207 835 5597 or via email.

Have a great weekend.

Ben

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