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Acoustic-electric Guitars

These new hybrids are in a constant state of evolution—several dozen have been built so far over the last three years. The are essentially an acoustic Dreadnaught body married to a 24-fret electric guitar neck that has a magnetic pickup suspended into the sound hole. A second piezzo leaf-pickup inside the body is also available, requiring a three-way selector switch. Volume and tone pots are incorporated internally into the upper bout and are adjusted through external knobs. A jack plug is installed into the tail block. Neck-mounted pickups are easily exchanged and adjusted in all three axes. Strings are grounded in earlier models through a brass nut contacting a laminated copper strip underneath the fingerboard—later models through a conductive carbon-fibre saddle. Aside from the internally mounted hardware, the body construction is purely acoustic.

The sound of these instruments is simply amazing. Again, the rock maple necks maximize sustain and accentuate long singing trebles. The flavour of the tone depends on the body woods and proportions—going from a deep Dreadnaught boom to strident solo articulation. The magnetic pickup creates a big, juicy tone covering the entire gamut of electric guitar sounds; is totally feedback free and interfaces with all the electric guitar accessories. The onboard piezzo tends to give a balder and "woodier" sound, and is particularly effective when mixed with the magnetic signal. The tonal possibilities of these hybrids are, quite literally, infinite.


Acoustic-Electric Dreadnaught Jumbo - 6 string
Prop. Norm Rennie
We had to do it—build the benchmark Jumbo Dreadnaught with magnetic pickup. To this end the choice of woods was deliberately spruce/mahogany combined with the deep body depth. This is the super-chordal guitar, with nothing held back. The tone is deep and rich, both acoustic and amplified, with tons of sustain. Visually the guitar is stunning as well, with both mother-of-pearl inlaid Wolf head logo on the headstock and a glistening, shimmering inlaid ring around the sound hole.
Top:  Sitka spruce
Back and Sides:  African mahogany
Binding and Centre Stripe:  Quebec rock maple
Inlay:  5/16" wide mother-of-pearl inner ring
  b/w/w/b outer ring
Pickguard:  profiled and polished ebony teardrop
Neck:  book-matched Quebec rock maple
Neck Centre Stripe:  ebony
Truss Rod:  aluminum over/under
Headstock Veneer:  ebony, inlaid m.o.p. wolf-head logo
Tuners:  16:1 Gotoh
Fingerboard and Bridge:  ebony, fingerboard bound with ebony
Fingerboard Radius:  16"
Fingerboard Dots:  abalone
Fret wire:  jumbo
Scale:  25 5/8"
Nut and Saddle:  nut - bone
  saddle - carbon fibre
Body depth:  top - 4"
  bottom - 4 7/8"
Neck Pickup:  American Standard Tele
5/16" wide mother-of-pearl inner ring, b/w/w/b outer ring
ebony with inlaid m.o.p. wolf-head logo


Acoustic-Electric Dreadnaught Standard - 6 string
Prop. Wolf Kater
Jumbo body depth guitars are simply too deep for many players and inhibit arm movement and consequent tone dynamics. A reduction to "standard" body depth makes a big difference and allows access to various string areas for colourations otherwise denied. Virtually all acoustic-electric guitars are cutaways, for access to the magic singing upper treble. This spruce/mahogany combination was used to keep the warm, woody Dreadnaught tone, but again sustain and trebles are enhanced by the maple neck.
Top:  Sitka spruce
Back and Sides:  African mahogany
Binding and Centre Stripe:  purpleheart
Inlay:  two concentric b/w/w/b rings
Pickguard:  profiled and polished ebony teardrop
Neck:  book-matched Quebec rock maple
Neck Centre Stripe:  purpleheart
Truss Rod:  aluminum over/under
Headstock Veneer:  Quebec apple
Tuners:  14:1 Grover
Fingerboard and Bridge:  Indian rosewood
Fingerboard Radius:  16"
Fingerboard Dots:  mother of pearl
Fret wire:  medium
Scale:  25 5/8"
Nut and Saddle:  nut - brass
  saddle - bone
Body depth:  top - 3 7/8"
  bottom - 4 1/4"
Neck Pickup:  Alnico Golden Age (middle)


Acoustic-Electric Dreadnaught Performance - 6 string
Prop. Julia Kater
Here is the ultimate high-end performance guitar capable of doing everything, from chordal back-up to solo soaring riffs. Not for the faint-of-heart, the maple back and sides, along with the maple neck, produce a crystal-clear snappy sound that is assertive and projects quickly and far regardless of actual playing volume. The top is honey-coloured century-old pine that did initial duty as a floorboard in a now dismantled house. The tone produced is as golden as the wood, very quick to speak, crystal clear and extremely long sustain. Basses are rich and strident, with less boom and more punch due to the quick-speaking maple. Trebles simply hover in the air. This is a soloist's instrument through and through.
Top:  century-old Quebec yellow pine
Back and Sides:  bird's-eye/curly Quebec rock maple
Binding and Centre Stripe:  ebony
Inlay:  two concentric b/w/w/b rings
Pickguard:  profiled and polished ebony teardrop
Neck:  book-matched Quebec rock maple
Neck Centre Stripe:  ebony
Truss Rod:  aluminum over/under
Headstock Veneer:  book-matched Quebec apple
Tuners:  16:1 Gotoh
Fingerboard and Bridge:  ebony, fingerboard bound with ebony
Fingerboard Radius:  16"
Fingerboard Dots:  mother of pearl
Fret wire:  jumbo
Scale:  25 5/8"
Nut and Saddle:  nut - brass
  saddle - bone
Body depth:  top - 3 5/8"
  bottom - 3 7/8"
Neck Pickup:  Humbucker Blade Magnetic
Body Pickup:  Piezzo Leaf


Acoustic-Electric Dreadnaught Performance - 7 string
Prop. Wolf Kater
This guitar is obviously the "bigger brother" of the A/E Performance 6 string, being made literally part for part from the same planks. A true matched set. The neck and bridge were widened to aaccommodatethe extra bass string. The result is amazing; the extra string essentially acts as an open drone or pedal giving a deep rich hue to the sound. The bass string's real purpose is to provide the bottom C in open G tuning, missing on a regular 6 string when in open G. Although the .058" diam string can be dropped to a low AA or GG as well, when pulled up to D to become a unison with the bottom D in open D or DADGAD, the effect is absolutely stunning—
a deep, rich bass pedal effect that is truly unique and hypnotizing in a performance situation. This is the ultimate open-tuning guitar.

Top:  century-old Quebec yellow pine
Back and Sides:  bird's-eye/curly Quebec rock maple
Binding and Centre Stripe:  ebony
Inlay:  two concentric b/w/w/b rings
Pickguard:  profiled and polished ebony teardrop
Neck:  book-matched Quebec rock maple
Neck Centre Stripe:  ebony
Truss Rod:  aluminum over/under
Headstock Veneer:  book-matched Quebec apple
Tuners:  16:1 Gotoh
Fingerboard and Bridge:  ebony, fingerboard bound with ebony
Fingerboard Radius:  16"
Fingerboard Dots:  mother of pearl
Fret wire:  jumbo
Scale:  25 5/8"
Nut and Saddle:  nut - brass
  saddle - brass
Body depth:  top - 3 5/8"
  bottom - 3 7/8"
Neck Pickup:  Alnico Golden Age (middle)