Leonardo ~ Maple

This guitar has been a long time coming ~ lots of ideas that eventually Ive managed to put together.

The size is half way between the Magician and Alchemist, with a fairly shallow body for a little extra comfort in playing.

The timbers are a big change for me as well ~ I haven't used Maple on a production model since the Lysander in the 1970's, as it is so clinical in appearance and can look rather amateur unless the timber is boldy figured and framed with strong dark colours. A laminated maple neck with a broad heel to fit the cutaway matches the colours and the curves. I have used Sitka Spruce for the soundboard, as most Fylde guitars with Englemann soundboards have suited gentle styles of music, and I thought it was about time we offered something a bit stronger in tone. Not an easy guitar to make, but a real beauty.

Curly Maple back and sides, Sitka Spruce top, laminated Maple neck with black line, Ebony fingerboard and bridge, Abalone diamond inlays, gold plated Gotoh tuners, Rosewood bindings with marquetry borders Marquetry purfling lines on front. Hiscox Liteflite case included.

Leonardo Maple Specification
  mm inches
Fingerboard width at nut 44 1 3/4
Scale length 648 25 1/2
Frets to body 14  
String spacing at bridge 57 2 1/4
Overall length 1023 40 1/4
Body length 502 19 3/4
Body at upper bouts 298 11 3/4
Body at lower bouts 408 16 1/8
Depth of sides at tailpin 105 4 1/8