"Tara" 6-string - a true ergonomic multiscale multiradius beauty guitar.
Standart specs(mostly visible):
4 piece special design - Malagacy ebony + birchwood 80/20% - high modulus, high hardness and high density wood.
Deep set in by special joint(horizontal dovetail).
5 degree neck angle to the backside body surface.
Malagacy ebony quartersawn rare masterpiece grade.
Conus profile(multiradius) 12"-21"
Qurter sawn birchwood + azobe stripes + flamed maple center + quarter sawn lower density cedar wings.
18mm thick masterpiece grade flamed maple, quartersawn.
Bent then figured at left lower horn for the right hand comfort.
The ridge on the big horn serves as a prop for the thumb when playing tapping style.
27 stainless steel frets Jescar 1.5μμ x 2.8μμ
(C)FretNut as zero fret.
(C) S.L.A.(Suspension Lever Anchor) 2 way anchor system:
works 2 ways, increases e-modulus and rigidity of the neck, removes dead spots.
(C)Submarine 2 headless tuners, common baseplate, orange anodized AL7075T6 modification.
(As standart, basemounts and saddles are always stainless steel, plunger is of special very hard stainless steel, knobs are lowest friction bronze as well as buchings.)
(C)Grip8V1 headpiece of AL7075T6
Knobs are also made by me and they are usually AL2024 or AL7075T6, chrome plated in this case.
Also the switch knob.
2 Lace Alumitone Humbs 6 string wide, and modified to achieve more compact shape. Also the bridge PU has one longer magnet.
Original schematic providing 5 positions:
neck full humb, neck coil tap, one coil from each pickup together, bridge coil tap, bridge humb.
All shileded by 0.15mm thick copper foil.
The additional shield for each pickup wire has been made.
The switch is double-wafer 4 pole 5 way super switch which allows a lot of wiring options.
Scale and strings' spread:
The scale is 650mm-660mm calculated for the available on the market 8 string gauges(ErnieBall, Dadario) in standart tuning to balance
the strings' tensions relatively to the center of the neck.
- 10.6mm inbetween the adjacent strings boundaries(not centers) on the bridge line (from the 1st string's saddle breakpoint to the 6th string, purpendiculary to the centerline ofthe guitar);
- 6.7mm on the zero fret line;
- 3mm from each fretboard side to the side string.
These are the values that provide very comfortable and consostent feelings when fingering the fretboard and right hand playing.
- 44mm width at the 0 fret, and 58mm highest fret neck end;
- 20.7mm thickness, uniform along all the length.
Specialy rounded comfort profile.
On the 24 fret is 1-1.2mm for 1-4 strings, ~1.4-1.5mm for 5-6 strings.
Lowest possible action while neck is stright. Other frets are even less.
I've made more than 100 neck tunings, changing the frets while implementing multiradius to a fretboards on many different guitars, providing a crazy-low actions.
Checkout my Tuning&Repairs page www.meraguitars.com/eng/repairs.html.
The same is true for all of my guitars.
~12-13 thin layers(with intermediate sanding) of 3 types of finest durable crystal clear high gloss lacquers with UV filters, highest gloss polishing.
Natural abalone fretboard markers from New Zeland, pointing to 3, 7, 12, 15, 19, 24 frets.
Weight is about 2.8kg.
Advanced description PDF here.