ZigZag nylon collage

ZIGZAG nylon   Aluminum, Alaskan yellow cedar, German spruce, Spanish cedar, ebony   2010

ZigZag is the outcome of an experimental investigation into the possibilities alternative materials and construction techniques can offer to the aesthetic and sonic nature of the guitar.

Lightweight aluminum sheet metal, bent and folded in a corrugated manner, is mechanically riveted to the wood top and back. This method of construction is celebrated aesthetically as a repeating element embellishing the body perimeter and soundhole. Sculpting on the head and bridge make reference to the ZigZag line, carrying this theme from the metal into the woodwork. The neck is mechanically joined to the body in an inboard fashion without a protruding heel, affording more comfortable reach in the absence of a cutaway when fingering in higher positions on the fretboard.  The surfaces of the metal and the plastic golpeador (tapping plate) are decoratively patterned adding depth and layering.

The sound emanating from these guitars is acoustically familiar yet with a pleasant and subtle bright metallic quality.

ZigZag steel string collage

ZIGZAG steel string    Aluminum, carmelized maple, Sitka spruce, mahogany, ebony    2010