This archtop guitar marked the first in a series of Specimen's Royale models.
This guitar design has been taking shape in mind for years. It is a unique interpretation of a classic idea.
The guitar's headstock finial, fretboard inlays, and Grover Imperial tuners follow traditions set forth by luthiers as D'Angelico and D'Aquisto. The pickup ring, trapeze and finial are handcrafted from solid billets of aluminum, and the bridge is carved from one piece of ebony. Both the D and G strings have banjo tuners that can be used for special drop-tuning effects.
The headstock and body of this instrument are inspired by the sinewy horror of a praying mantis. The pastels mimic natural color themes found somewhere between chlorophyll and entomology.
This Royale model also features a single neck pickup format which lets the guitar resonate to its fullest extent. The pickup is a Lindy Fralin humbucker which sounds very good indeedâ€”robust, full spectrum and cooperative.
To see images of this guitar taken during the building process, check out the Blog post Royale Archtop
Neck: Honduras mahogany, pearl inlays of flags gently rippling in the wind with colored dots and side markers
Scale length: 24-1/2"
Body: Two-piece, 16" wide basswood body finished in pale blue nitrocellulose lacquer, triple-ply white/yellow/white binding on front and back
Headstock: Alaskan-cedar-burl headstock veneer, sculpted aluminum "diver's helmet" finial
Tuners: Four Grover Imperial tuners and two geared banjo tuners
Pickups: Lindy Fralin humbucker with faceted and machined aluminum mounting ring
Controls: Volume and tone control
Bridge: One-piece ebony bridge
Tailpiece: Faceted and machined aluminum tailpiece