Whilst many makers tinker around with materials and bracing to shape an instruments “voice” all my guitars are braced for maximum output without compromising structure. Where they differ from one another, and how the “voicing” occurs is down to the physical shaping, or arching the soundboard is placed into. The “topography” if you will. A flat soundboard sounds very different from one which is curved – it has a different character and colour. And different curves have different sonic qualities. So I now offer four distinct designs – the SK, the SK Adv, the SS and the HO.
So a Model C with a “standard soundboard” is a Model C-SS, but a Model C with a “cylinder top” is a Model C-HO. A Model C with a flat top and satin finish is a C-SK. Likewise a Model S with a “cylinder top” is a S-HO, with a “flat top” it would be a Model S-SK. First comes the body shape (C, S or D) then the soundboard design – HO, SS or SK.