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The new Double Top Series might look familiar. On closer inspection, though, this instrument is anything but. To the eye, the Double Top seems like your classic flattop, traditional in the very best senses of the word. The ear however tells a different story. The Double Top’s sound is noticeably more resonant and responsive, with greater note clarity and balance. While still delivering all the tonal sensitivity and versatility players expect from an elite-quality acoustic, the guitar’s sheer sonic presence is undeniable.
How does the Double Top pull it off, this blend of the classical and the forward-thinking, of delicacy and strength? As usual, the answer is rooted in thoughtful craftsmanship. The technique, developed over many years, reflects a concentrated effort to add backbone to lighter tonewood. To construct the Double Top body, a pair of one-millimeter-thin slices of spruce are joined with an equally thin strip of printed material called Nomex, which resembles a thin shaving of a honeycomb. Nomex, a resinous substance patented by its maker, DuPont, was originally devised for use in the aerospace industry. On its own, the material is nearly weightless, composed almost entirely of air. Set upright between the pieces of spruce, it acts like a rigid wall, adding layers of density and depth.
Meticulous craftsmanship ensures that this density never compromises the inherent lightness of the material – and lighter material means greater possible sonic range. The Double Top can still respond to any vibration, accommodating slower playing for bass frequencies and faster playing for the trebles. The instrument is thus capable of carving out its space across a spectrum of styles and settings, from delicate solo picking to larger band arrangements.
Neck Profile:Traditional Even "C"
Nut:Bone 1 3/4"
Bracings:Hand-Carved Scalloped X
Body Top:Double Top Sitka Spruce w/ a Nomex Honeycomb Core
Body Back/Sides:Solid Rosewood
Bridge/Saddle:Ebony/Bone, 2-5/32" Spacing
Truss Rod:Dual acting
Side Dot Color:Black
Body Top Finish:Nitrocellulose
Tuners:Gotoh SX 510
Pickguard:Tortoise Shell Pro-Guard
Strings:D'Addario .012 -.053 EXP16
Action Height:12th fret 3/32" on the bass side and 2/32" on the treble side
Case:Deluxe Hardshell Case
Truss Rod Wrench:4mm Allen