This past week, the focus has been on getting new inventory online, so in addition to our two weekly Presents videos - one vintage, one modern - we released a slew of demo videos to showcase our new additions. Loads of fantastic electric and acoustic guitars were added, from Macmull, Thomas Fredholm, Ryan Gerber, Lars Rasmussen, and C.F. Martin.
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Here's what you missed at TNAG last week...
Presents: Episode 38. Martin 1935 F-9 Conversion
Nick loves a guitar with a good backstory, and this one has got it. Martin only ever produced 72 of their unusual hybrid F-9s, with an arched top and flattop-style back and sides. Of those that have survived, many folks have repurposed them as full flattops, leading Martin to craft their M, or 0000, model.
Presents: Episode 37. Pellerin Grand Auditorium CW
Fans of the modified dreadnought would do well to take note of Michel Pellerin's Grand Auditorium model, featured in Episode 37 of Presents. This fingerstyle-friendly large-bodied guitar has all the complexity and sustain a soloist is looking for, with an extra boost of clear, bell-like tone thanks to the wenge back and sides.
Featured Acoustic Demo: Gerber RL16 "Fallen Giant" Mahogany
"The RL16 is the largest model that I make. With a deep body, 16” lower bout, and scale length of 25.5”, this guitar has impressive fullness and depth of resonance, while still maintaining excellent balance across the strings." - Ryan Gerber
Ryan Gerber is a selective builder, handcrafting only three carefully designed models out of his Ohio-based workshop. The 0000 or jumbo OM-sized RL16 is an inspiring soloist's instrument, especially when outfitted in the tonewoods seen on this exceptional 2020 model. The large, beautifully figured "Fallen Giant" mahogany tree was discovered in Honduras by the folks at Hibdon Hardwood. While it may not sport the same elaborate figuring as "The Tree" mahogany, to our ears, it has a similar tonal quality. Mahogany's warm midrange and focus comes with a dose of rosewood-like sustain and nuance. Master-grade Swiss moon spruce, which sits between Sitka and Adirondack on the stiffness scale, provides a perfect balance of clarity, note definition, and best of all, volume. Even a light touch draws surprising power out of this guitar.
Featured Electric Demo: Macmull Heartbreaker P90 Superlight
This gorgeous Heartbreaker P90 Superlight in Vintage Burst is Macmull's take on one of the most iconic electric guitars in history, albeit in this case with a few twists that make it something very special indeed. Starting from a traditional foundation, the body is made up of a single piece of lovely kiln-dried alder. Hand-picked as with all Macmull guitars for its lighter weight and resonance, the idea being that lighter wood sounds better with a sharper attack and dryer, more 'vintage' tone. The next big contribution to the feel and sound of the guitar is the maple neck topped with a Madagascar rosewood fretboard, and with an Oval 'C' profile and 9.5" radius it truly does a spectacular job of marrying authentic vintage feel with maximum playability.
The guitar features a set of Macmulls custom P90 style pickups, which really set the guitar part from other 'T-type' instruments. These slightly more powerful single coils deliver a bold and fat tone while retaining the punch and sparkle often lost in P90 style pickups. In all the guitar comes together to make an authentically vintage feeling instrument that proves incredibly versatile, not to mention visually striking with its 'burst top and relic'ed matte brown back and sides.