Description of this instrument for sale
Steve Toon Guitars - Montpellier Jazz [Available on Order]
I designed this guitar to achieve the sound of both the Oval hole Selmer guitar and also the D hole Maccaferri guitar in one guitar, depending on the strength with which the strings are played. This also allows the Montpellier guitar to be versatile for other jazz styles.
The guitar has a modern feel with a comfortable "C" profile neck and is equipped with 24 frets joining the body at the 14th. The offset elliptical soundhole, combined with the open bracing system, gives this guitar a tremendous volume and tone. The guitar produces clear ringing trebles with a sharp attack, smooth balanced bass and also a great sustain when required.
The Montpellier guitar is played and also endorsed by John Etheridge (Sweet Chorus) and Blake Wilner (the Puppini Sisters and Blake Wilner Group). You can hear the Montpellier guitar on the album "Small Hotel" by John Etheridge - Sweet Chorus.
- Selected European Spruce
- Laminated Indian Rosewood back and sides
- Rosette with rosewood and BWB purflings
- Rosewood bindings
- High gloss finish
- Macasser ebony fingerboard with bound edges
- Macasser ebony headplate wit inlaid "toon" logo
- Bi-directional truss rod
- Bone nut and saddle
- Gotoh 510 tuners
- Scale length 660mm
- Nut width 46mm
You can discover my interview in the blog of Luthiers.com here:
ABOUT THE MAKER - STEVE TOON
I acquired my first guitar at the age of ten when my father found a broken one in a skip. Together we spent many hours repairing it, and since then I became captivated by its sound and intrigued by its construction.
I have been making guitars for more than 25 years and am fascinated by the process of turning beautiful wood into a living instrument of simple beauty which can produce versatile sound – whether aggressive and strong, powerful and passionate, or light and tender.
When I start a new guitar, I have an idea in my mind as to how the guitar will look and sound. I aim to make all my guitars respond individually to the player, and I select the wood very carefully, paying great attention to the soundboard and matching it with the most suitable sides and back. I use traditional methods and work almost entirely by hand.
My passion for making individual and distinctive guitars can best be summarised by Andres Segovia, the father of modern classical guitar playing, when he said:
“The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different colour, a different voice.”