Maestro Double Top Series Acoustics
Singapore based guitar manufacturer Maestro Guitars introduce 7 new models that feature "double top" construction.
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The new Double Top Series is said to be the first ever line of double top acoustic guitars that are available off-the-rack.
Maestro Guitars describe themselves as committed to producing boutique handcrafted instruments that are more accessible. Judging from their growing reputation, it looks like their instruments continue to satisfy guitarists in Asia and around the world.
Double Top soundboards is not new, it has been used by some specialized luthiers for a few years now mostly on classical guitars. Being rare, these boutique double top instruments tend to have a price tag that goes above five grand and comes with a long waiting time depending on the builder.
Now Maestro is incorporating this unique design into a new series of steel-string acoustic guitars that you can get ready made at half the price. There are currently 7 models with 2 tonewood combinations that are available.
The "double top" soundboard used by Maestro is made of 2 thin layers of wood with Nomex honeycomb as its core. Nomex honeycomb is a non-metallic composite material that is ideal for lightweight construction much like that of a guitar's top. This allows for the double top to be light enough for use with acoustics.
Maestro further explained: "Based on our tests, our Double Top guitars are more projective not only in terms of volume but also in maintaining the same tonal quality even when played hard. The Double Top guitars are also more responsive even with the lightest touch, giving players a wider dynamic range when playing. Aside from the improved projection and responsiveness, our Double Top Series guitar have noticeable increase in sustain, natural reverb (airiness), overtones and depth as compared to our guitars with traditional tops."
Each guitar comes with a soundport, beveled armrest, carbon fiber reinforced Khaya mahogany neck and S-R-S ultra bracing pattern. It is available in dreadnought, travel-size, medium jumbo, small jumbo and 000 sizes. You can also pick between solid Madagascar Rosewood or Khaya Mahogany for the back and sides.
The SRP for the Khaya Mahogany variant is $2,199, while the Madagascar Rosewood models go for $2,999. More information is available at Maestro Guitars.
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