1989 Ithaca Stringed Instruments Oneida

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1989 Ithaca Stringed Instruments Oneida


Gerken, Teja, Acoustic Guitar


BUILT IN 1989, this custom-built Ithaca Stringed Instruments (ithacastring.com) Oneida guitar represents an amalgam of ideas from luthiers Eric Aceto and Dan Hoffman and guitarist Martin Simpson, who was living in Ithaca, New York, at the time. "We were talking with Martin about what would make a good amplified fingerstyle acoustic," Aceto says. "So we built this third Oneida guitar using some of those ideas," Aceto and Hoffman used highly figured koa for the entire body, a carbon-fiber-reinforced Honduras mahogany neck, and an ebony fingerboard and bridge. One of Simpson's ideas was to give the guitar a very long 26%-inch scale for more string tension.

The guitar's unusual body shape is in part a reaction to an unusual radial bracing system (influenced by the design of Dr. Michael Kasha), the points of which form the basis for the outline. "We kept throwing things out, and the pattern ended up as a much simpler design with a main bar under the saddle, a minimum of strategically placed tone bars, and one flying bar that touched the top in front of the bridge and was loaded to brackets on the sides," Aceto says. …

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