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Kinloch Nelson demonstrates his wide-neck steel-string guitar.

by Teja Gerken
August 17, 2017
 

Fingerstyle guitarist Kinloch Nelson primarily plays steel-string guitars, but he prefers a neck as wide as that of a typical classical guitar. Years ago he began experimenting by putting steel strings on an old Takamine classical and eventually had Rochester, New York, luthier Bernie Lehmann build him a custom guitar. “This instrument is modeled after the classical guitar shape and idea; it’s a little bit larger all around,” Kinloch explains. The guitar’s neck measures 2 inches at the nut, and, like a classical guitar, it has a slotted headstock and joins the body at the 12th fret. It has a spruce top and Indian rosewood back and side, and, again like many classical guitars, it has an ebony fingerboard, but a rosewood bridge, which is pinless. As a special feature, the guitar has red LEDs as position markers on the side of the fingerboard, which help in poorly lit playing situations. The instrument also has a soundport in the upper bout.

In this video, shot at the 2016 Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration (SBAIC), Kinloch discusses the instrument and performs his composition “Canadian Sunset.”

Kinloch is scheduled to return to the 2017 edition of SBAIC, which will be held at the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara, California, from August 25 - 27. Lehmannstrings.com. Sbaic.com.

 


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