The third Ava.
I, Mario, liked the two other versions of this guitar model: The sounds, the feel... So I had to build one for myself.
The construction is based on the second version: The bigger headstock, the cedar top and the 14th-fret neckjoint. I reworked the bracing a little bit, just to emphasize the mids a bit more.
The biggest difference to the 2nd version, however, is the wood. I took lebanese cedar for back, sides and neck. It is light and stiff and easy to work on. Plus it smells very spicy. For the fretboard, the bridge, the headstock veneer and the bindings I took rosewood, so only two types of wood are visible on this.
Especially the low weight makes a big difference on the sound. The bass strings resonate very fast and are focused, which is great for fast picking. The mids are a stronger and the highs are soft. The tone can be shaped easily. The picking position an the dynamics are amplified very directly.
All in all this guitar sounds like a mix of a classical and a steel string guitar. The guitar's focus is more on picking or jazzy plectrum playing, less on strumming.
In any case this is a very special sound that inspires me over and over.
- Back & sides: Lebanese cedar
- Top: western red cedar
- Neck: Lebanese cedar
- Fretboard: Madagascarn rosewood
- Bindings: rosewood
- Machines: Gotoh SGS510 Gold
- Bridge: Madagascarn rosewood
- Scale: 628 mm
- Frets: EVO gold, vintage size
- Year of manufacture: 2021