Alchemist Aether: A modern approach to the traditional acoustic instrument

Alchemist Aether: A modern approach to the traditional acoustic instrument

Our new acoustic guitar design. All solid wood!

An acoustic guitar is a guitar that uses only acoustic means to transmit the strings’ vibrational energy to the air in order to make a sound. The sound waves of an acoustic guitar are directed through the body of the guitar creating a sound. This typically involves the use of a sound board and a sound box to strengthen the vibrations of the strings.

The main source of sound in an acoustic guitar is the string, which is plucked with the finger or with a plectrum. The string vibrates at a necessary frequency and also create many harmonics at various different frequencies. The frequencies produced can depend on string length, mass, and tension. The string causes the soundboard and sound box to vibrate, and as these have their own resonances at certain frequencies, they amplify some string harmonics more strongly than others, hence affecting the timbre produced by the instrument.

Specifications for all upcoming models:

Back & Sides: indian rosewood / black walnut / european walnut / pear / mahogany / spruce / maple
Neck: mahogany / maple
Truss-rod: carbon
Fingerboard: ebony / rosewood
Fret-markers: mother of pearl on side and/or top of fingerboard
Bridge: ebony / rosewood bridge with ebony bridge-pins
Tuning-machines: Schaller locking black machines
Nut & Saddle: bone / black tusk / black horn
Finish: hand polished lacquer

If a guitar’s body shape produces the sonic equivalent of a meal, think of tonewoods as the seasoning. The unique acoustic properties of woods help color a body shape’s fundamental sound. The key is to find the woods that match up best with your playing style and intended applications. It might be rosewood’s low-end growl and sizzling trebles; the midrange overtones of mahogany; the focus and projection of maple; or the warmth of a cedar top for fingerpicking. As you play different guitars, pay attention to each wood pairing’s distinctive acoustic traits, along with the feeling of responsiveness in your hands. If you plan to play and sing, tune in to the way the acoustic sound relates to your voice.

Beyond tonal considerations, woods boast an inherent visual appeal that can also be deeply inspiring. Figured koa, maple, and cocobolo, to name a few, have cast a seductive spell on many a player. Grain patterns, color variegation, and other visual characteristics all help differentiate a guitar and showcase each one as a truly unique instrument.

Our wood descriptions should help convey the tonal characteristics of each of the woods we use, but keep in mind that each tree, and even each set of wood, is different.

In the end, our goal is simple: to help you find the ultimate tone.

Made to order.

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