FAQ with Carl Miner

All right, folks, here it is: the Carl Miner Q&A!

After one of our bi-monthly demo sessions, we sat down with the one and only Carl Miner and peppered him with some of YouTube's most frequently asked questions, from what he looks for in a guitar to the origins of the myriad pieces he plays for us.

Did we miss your burning question? Drop it in the comments below! As always, you can find Carl on his site and on Instagram.

Featured Acoustics: Lame Horse Big Hoss

Developing on the design of their popular Saddle Pal model, Lame Horse have crafted the larger Big Hoss! Keeping the 12-fret configuration, depth, and sloping cutaway from the Saddle Pal, they've increased the lower bout to 15" wide. The result is a guitar has the same playability and graceful look with tons of added volume and body. A crisp attack and singing clarity is complimented by a lingering sustain--tonal traits that can be attributed to the well-chosen Italian spruce top and Brazilian rosewood as much as they can to the clever design. And just check out that mirror-like black top, so beautifully complimented by the unique soundhole design!

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Santa Cruz H13

Santa Cruz's H model is named for Paul Hostetter, described as "the guardian of the lore of all things vintage and stringed", who commissioned the very first Gibson-inspired H model prototype back in 1978. The thought behind the H13 design is fascinating, so we'll let Santa Cruz do the talking:

"SCGC’s concept for the H13 is to achieve power beyond what would be expected in a small-bodied guitar. Two fundamental lutherie tricks make this possible: a longer string length (more downward pressure at the saddle) and more air space via a deeper body (increased volume and bass response). To place the bridge in the optimal position for power and maintain the longer string length, the neck needs to join the body at the 13th fret. Cool, huh? This is a gorgeous classic with power and presence expected from a much larger instrument."

Underneath that killer sunburst is a soundboard of European spruce, providing excellent note definition and warmth, and bringing out the best characteristics of the figured mahogany back and sides. Whether flatpicked or fingerpicked, this is definitely a guitar that rewards a strong attack with a full-throated, snappy response.

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