We’re very lucky to be able to collaborate with the very talented Behrad Gorgani. Behrad is a wood worker through and through and trained with Sergei De Jonge, who is, we think, one of the best ones around.
For this guitar, we wanted all the harmonic richness and playability of the short scale, OO with the power, response and snap of an OM. So we merged the two into something we call the OOM. It is a 14.6″ lower bout shape, right about in-between OM and OO sizes. To get the bridge in the sweet spot but increase playability and power, we opted for a 25″ scale and a 13 fret neck joint.
The concept was for a guitar which was between a 12 fret 00 and an OM in terms of dimensions, scale length and body joint. So we ended up with a 14.6″ lower bout, a 25″ scale and a 13th fret joint. Brad has even managed to maintain the OM’s stoutness in the very classical inspired OO outline.
The guitar is finished in French Polish with a satin gunstock finish to the neck.
Priced at a very reasonable US$3,100 with hardshell case.
Big ideas for tonal excellence:
- Salvaged dark,stiff Cedar top for power, response, balance and complexity.
- Wenge back and sides provide bass and warmth with shimmering trebles.
- Short scale length of 25″ to produce a responsive guitar.
- French polish provides a warm, tactile feel and very thin finish, allowing maximum resonance.
14.6″ lower bout shape, right about inbetween OM and OO sizes. To get the bridge in the sweet spot but increase playability and power, we opted for a 25″ scale and a 13 fret neck joint.
Big ideas for comfort & playability:
- 25″ scale for ease of play and loose feel without compromising on responsiveness and volume
- Truely Mid sized body; 14.6″ for immediate, intimate and comfort in both seated and standing positions yet retaining optimal air cmane
- Selmer style cutaway for upper fret access
- Gunstock neck to allow quick, precise fretting
- Gotoh 510 tuners for accurate and smooth adjustments
- Bound fingerboard ensures no errant fret ends
Big ideas for aesthetics:
- Wenge Binding with violin line purfling for elegant look
- Burl rosette for unusual contrasting feature around the soundhole
Big ideas for sustainability:
- Non-endangered tonewoods. All materials used are not classified as endangered
- Ethically sourced materials. Woods sourced from as many FSC sources as possible or through small family owned operations
- No abalone is used, all inlays are in wood or recon stone