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VIKTOR FOGAS classical guitar maker


Modelo "Formentor S"
lattice bracing concert guitar with Spruce top

This is the photo gallery of a Formentor S guitar made with European Spruce top and Madagaskar Rosewood back & sides. Very elegant and complex sound with great responsiveness to the players artistic guitar techniques. In the rosette there is plenty of colourful real abalone combined with Madagascar Rosewood pieces cut from the scrap of the back. This one on the photos below is finished with a colourful natural golden/amber shellac (French polish) to make an aged effect to the originally pale spruce top. In fact, the standard finish for spruce top is the colorless blonde/bleached shellac at most guitar makers. Still, I personally like the aged look on a new guitar, too, so I give the opportunity to choose.

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Although, my cedar top and spruce top guitars bear very similar sound characteristics, the guitar with spruce top needs much more time to reach its maximum sound quality than a guitar with red cedar top. While red cedar blows its best sound into your ears almost immediately, spruce changes and improves its volume and tone from month-to-month, and usually needs at least 2-3 years to play in. Still, for a number of guitarists the "spruce sound" feels more complex. For them it is worth to wait and play their spruce guitar patiently, particularly because my spruce top guitars also sound very nice and loud in the beginning.

Specifications

- Design: The original Formentor design with more abalone in the rosette
- Soundboard: Master grade Alpine/European spruce
- Strutting: All wooden harmonic lattice bracing from old European spruce
- Double sound portal
- Back and sides: Madagascar Rosewood
- Neck: Spanish Cedar
- Spanish neck joint
- Fretboard: Ebony, 20 frets, radiused
- Frets: stainless steel
- Head plates: Same as back and sides
- Bridge: Same as back and sides with 12 hole tie-block
- Purflings: 3 ply maple/rosewood/maple or maple/dyed-maple/maple
- Bindings: Same as back and sides
- Nut and saddle: bone
- Scale: 635 mm or 650 mm (optional)
- Neck width: 52 mm at the nut, 62 mm at 12th fret
- Weight: 1600 gramms approx., measured with strings and tuning machines
- Finish: natural amber or blonde French polish (amber on the photos above)
- Tuners: Der Jung high quality tuners with finest 1:18 ratio, special S4 metal shafts with bearings