I want my guitars to have a very colourful sound and to be capable of a lot of nuances, both dynamically and sonically. Beyond the quality of the timbre, I take a lot of care to make sure that they are very even across all the strings and fingerboard, with a great separation between notes, allowing all the different voices to be heard clearly.
After every guitar that I finish, time is taken to get rid of any dull notes or any notes that stand out too much, what we commonly call ‘Wolf Notes’ or ‘Wolf Tones’. These notes usually have poor sustain and uneven response. They are quite common with highly responsive guitars. With careful spectrum analysis of the different components composing the guitar and by identifying the modes of vibration (or what are more commonly called Chladni patterns), those can be altered to make sure that the guitar is performing at its full potential.
Structural elements – Tonal elements
The main contributors to the sound of the guitar are the soundboard and the back. It is important that the structure supporting them is stable and solid, which is the reason why the sides of my guitars are always laminated with multiple layers of solid wood.
Focusing the vibration of the strings into the top means that more energy is transformed into sound. This makes for a louder guitar and a richer tone.