Handmade Acoustic Guitar: Genesis G2s
This is one of my recent Genesis handcrafted steel string guitars featuring Brazilian Rosewood, German spruce, and other exotic woods and materials.
The Design Process
When designing this guitar with my client and friend, he wanted me to create a guitar with a “Wow” factor, but at the same time, one that would retain an element of refinement and richness. It’s on that edge where two different extremes collide that I feel, when balanced properly, something magical happens; so that is what we set our sights on achieving visually. Tonally it was to be powerful and responsive to the lightest touch with clarity, separation, and balance.
After careful consideration we chose the materials to start bringing out dream into reality. I had been saving some special Snakewood for many years, and decided to use it for the accents such as the fingerboard, bridge, headstock veneers, and back strip for an understated and exotic natural element.
To add some flash to the rich natural color pallet, we decided to add a very thin white mother of pearl purfling around the top and fingerboard and matching falling leaf inlays of the same material.
The graceful falling leaf extends down the fingerboard to the single leaf on the hand carved Snakewood bridge, and the white pearl dots in the Snakewood bridge pins and on the side of the fingerboard add another subtle touch of sparkle and unify the design.
The Brazilain rosewood back needed no help from me; it had plenty of its own wow factor built in. For the bindings, I had a small stash of highly flamed Hawaiian Koa that was unusually dark colored and it just happened to have the perfect color to work harmoniously with the rosewood and the Snakewood accents.
The headstock is overlayed with Snakewood on the front and back and has custom hand made tuning machines (also with Snakewood buttons) slightly offset, mirroring the asymmetry of the Genesis body shape.
The guitar is very lightweight and comfortable to hold and play. The gentleman for whom I made this guitar was in a motorcycle accident years ago, and needed the guitar neck to be as comfortable as possible to play, so he could reach the notes with minimal strain on his hands and left wrist. I created a special neck design in both the width and profile to give it maximum comfort and to fit his playing style and needs. The final instrument exceeded both of our expectations and truly is something special we are both proud of and that he can enjoy for many years to come.
As with all of my handcrafted guitars, each one is specifically made for each individual client, so every detail can be as unique as you are and bring you hours of enjoyment, and most importantly, help you create the unique and beautiful music that only you can.
If you would like to talk more about having a Tom Bills guitar custom made just for you please contact me, I look forward to hearing from you!
The Genesis G2 Guitar Specs
Back/Sides: Private Stock Brazilian Rosewood
Top: Private Stock German Spruce
Neck: Honduran Mahogany
Bindings: Flamed Hawaiian Koa
Perfling: Riwa Riwa, and White Mother of Pearl
Tuners: Custom Gilbert w/ Snakewood Buttons
Pickup: K&K Pure Mini
Case: Custom Hoffee Carbon Fiber
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