Carson Guitar

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Eric Carson~Acoustic Guitar Luthier~Since 1998

Here are a few shots of the November 2012 build "WALLY"

Wally is a 16" body jumbo guitar that features the most awesome figured Oregon Walnut back and sides,
a full figured Alaska claw top, and Congo Bloodwood fretboard, bridge, and bindings. 25.4" inch string scale.


The soundboard is braced with my "TARANTULA" Tri-X System, which is now standard in all side ported models.

Below is a video of "DOUG", a prototype guitar. Parabolic body design,
Douglas Fir soundboard, Khaya Back and sides, cantilever neck, and pinless bridge.
This guitar strung, weighs in at 3.5 pounds.

I am testing out some old Fir I've had since the early 90's.
I can verify that the sound is incredible, balanced with strong projection.
The sound and responsiveness is equal to the best Adirondack, and looks nicer.
 
Sorry about the sound and video quality, I need to get a better camera.


What makes a great sounding guitar? Sound is subjective, so the answer to this can be hard to
put into words. Everyone interprets tone differently. The woods used to build a guitar will add color
to the voice of a guitar. The size of the body will determine the frequency response. A smaller
sized guitar will have less bass while a larger guitar will have less treble resopnse. Scale length
also affects tuning range of a guitar and the gauge of strings to be used. If you like to bend
notes when you play, a shorter scale works great. If you use alternate tunings, a longer scale
may be to your liking. Soundboard wood also affects tone and response. If you like to strum hard
and play with a pick, Sitka spruce is a good choice. If you are mainly a fingerstyle player and
use light gauge strings it is hard to beat a Cedar or Englemann Spruce top. Bracing also influences
clarity and note separation. 

So, what makes a great sounding guitar? The player, but you are only as good as the tools you have
to work with. I want to build you an inspiring instrument that will take your playing to the next level.
               
 





Side Porting
I've been adding a side port to some of my guitars since 2007. This acts as a personal sound monitor, allowing the player to have a more enjoyable experience. This feature also allows me to fine-tune the body to resonant pitch, improving sustain and overtones.