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While an elegant design feature, the Florentine cutaway provides easier access to the upper register, above the body joint.
Novax Fanned Fret System
I am known for my fanned fret guitars and have made over 120 to-date. With this understanding, I have been able to develop a few “standard” configurations that address most players’ common tuning requirements. Custom configurations are available for those with unusual requirements or for 7, 8, 10 string instruments. Fanned fret necks have a natural, ergonomic feel – as your hand will splay that way naturally.
While “fanned fret”, or multi-scale instruments have been around in one form or another for close to 150 years, Ralph Novak explored and popularized it in the 1980s. He held the patent on the system, which has since expired but I still like to give Ralph credit for making this technology available to us.
How does the Fanned-Fret system work? By combining scale lengths customized for string tension and harmonic response, instruments with greater “fidelity” are possible. A simplified explanation would be “Imagine six one-string guitars each with a scale length optimized for the pitch and tone of that string. If a chord was formed by striking all of the one string guitars at once, how might that sound compared to one six-string guitar?”
With its thunderous voice, playing a baritone is like riding an earthquake!!
Hauntingly beautiful or an explosive canon, it is a fabulous addition to anyone’s arsenal of musical weaponry. A Greenfield baritone guitar will open a world of new musical possibilities to you and extend the tonal pallet of your playing and compositional canvas. The baritone option is usually built on my G2 or G4 body and can be scaled for low B or A tunings.
My elevated fretboard guitars incorporate a negative neck angle into the instrument’s geometry.
This option is available on models G1 and G3. The elevated fretboard allows better access to the upper register (as on instruments in the viol family, mandolins, archtop guitars, etc.). The negative neck angle’s geometry animates the top plate more like a harp. These guitars are very “chimey” and notes ring clearly; especially in the upper register. This makes them an excellent choice for contemporary fingerstyle guitar.
Laskin Style Arm Rest
Bevels of all sorts are now commonplace on guitars.
The original “arm rest” was created back in the 1980s by one of my mentors, William “Grit” Laskin. They are a very comfortable, ergonomic feature that “softens” the hard edge of the guitar that normally comes into contact with your arm. Almost every guitar I make leaves my workbench with an arm rest.
Laskin Style Rib Rest
It is the same type of bevel as the arm rest but on the back side of the guitar, close to the player’s rib.
A wonderful addition to models G1 and G2; the rib rest is especially recommended for model G4. It makes a large guitar much more comfortable and “smaller” feeling. Women appreciate the ergonomic comfort the rib rest affords anatomically on all models.
I designed the Palm-A-Way™ as an alternative to a cutaway.
Based on the Laskin style bevel, it softens the hard edge at the neck/body joint (on the treble side), making access to the upper register of the fingerboard more comfortable.
Simple Body Purflings
This basic configuration presents a very clean, contemporary look.
Single line body purflings without mitres. Non-purfled fingerboard. Side position markers are a white dot. Peghead rear without veneer laminates or underlay.
Fully Mitered Body Purflings
This option features fine violin lines all around the guitar, including the end wedge, Florentine cutaway point and return.
All purfling lines are fully mitred. This package also includes a fingerboard purfled with the same fine lines. Side position markers are a white dot inside a brass circle. The peghead rear features a rear volute laminated with fine veneers.
The Ghost Series
Add this trim option to any of my guitar models for the ultimate in elegant opulence
Pairing African Blackwood with fine, red and black violin line and your choice of soundboard material. The soundboard and neck are finished in opaque black. The rosette is made of a macassar ebony ground and black mother of pearl strips, with red and black lines. Each guitar has a “Ghost Series” 12th fret inlay by Mark Kett and the guitar is fit with my 510 “g” logo tuners in Cosmo black chrome.
Greenfield Guitars proprietary spalted beech and Paua rosette.
An ergonomic design element that affords added comfort when accessing the upper register of the fingerboard above the body joint.
Custom designed inlay art to personalize your one-of-a-kind Greenfield Guitar!