Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

State of Grace

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

State of Grace

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In recent years, Dana Teague has become increasingly, and repeatedly, frustrated by the lack of quality acoustic guitars available in the entry-level market. Now, Teague, president of instrument distributors Dana B. Goods, has taken matters into his own hands by developing his own line of affordable acoustics. Named after his daughter Grace, the Grace Harbor line will be his company's first proprietary brand, with Grace Teague herself playing a major role in quality control and setup of the new instruments.

"All Grace Harbor guitars are simple in style, feature durable, quality craftsmanship inside and out, have great tone, and are made to play," Dana Teague says. The company settled on a manufacturing facility in China that has worked extensively with American guitar makers in the past. The new line grew out of an off-the-cuff dialogue with the manufacturer that Teague had while visiting China last year. In the ensuing months, Teague worked closely with the builders to develop appropriate designs that would satisfy his goals for appearance, playability, and cost.

One of the highest design priorities for the Grace Harbor line is the bracing process. Top braces are affixed in vacuum fixtures, then chiseled by hand for maximum flexibility. Their proprietary gluing system used for the bridge and neck joint is believed to provide optimum strength and enhance the transfer of vibrations. To protect tone, Teague opted for a slightly thicker neck profile than the sleeker neck size currently in favor with many builders, and for nut and saddle material he chose PPS (polyphenylene sulphide), an engineering plastic used in electrical insulation, gaskets, and other materials. …

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