Road Trip II

Road Trip II

 

Following the success of Road Trip I in 2010/11 I decided to repeat the project in 2011. The Road Trip I guitar, "Samhain Taistealaí", was an instrument designed to showcase some of the more unusual features of hand built guitars that you won't find that easily in guitars in shops so I wanted a different "theme" for the second Road Trip. I notice a lot of debate on guitar forums on what constitutes good tonewood and in particular the "impression" that Sapele, Khaya and other woods of the mahogany family are poor substitutes for true mahogany species. Also there seems to be a general feeling pervading that hardwood topped guitars are also inferior to spruce or cedar topped ones. The 50th guitar I made was with the back and sides made from Sapele reclaimed from an old front door - "Féileacán Jubilee". This short-scale slothead guitar was a new model for me and I liked what I was hearing from it, so decided to make the same model for Road Trip II using the same wood but with a Sapele top as well. This guitar is called "Féileacán Taistealaí". To complicate matters there was another guitar doing Road Trip II - the same model but made out of woods I haven't used before White Spruce top with English Yew back and sides called "Féileacán Iúr". Here they are:

 

 

You can see photographs, reviews and recordings of the guitars on their Road Trip II pages -  "Féileacán Taistealaí" and "Féileacán Iúr".