Reply To: Small body guitars and boxy tone

Richard Hoover
Senior Moderator

Dear Big Shoe,

Until the 1870’s guitars were only made loud enough to be heard in the biggest room in the house; the parlor. It wasn’t until Guitar’s began to share the stage with barking dogs and banjos that they needed to be made larger and louder. Today with microphones and sophisticated amplification a smaller bodied guitar can hold its own anywhere.

Big brands have reintroduced small guitars in response to renewed popularity. Unfortunately they now size the woods heavier than in the past to fit into their more modern production systems for both efficiency and durability. The bracing is disproportionately large and stiffer then needed. This makes them sonically restricted, less responsive and, well, boxy sounding. SCGC chooses to build our small bodied guitars with woods sized appropriate to the original lighter, more resonate specifications. This results in an instrument with all the sophisticated tone of their earlier brethren. We gain durability through the same advances in engineering that allow the modern automobile or airplane to be many times stronger and yet many times lighter than the early designs.

If we get the chance to build one for you I can guaranty that you will get exactly what you want. You won’t need to worry about a boxy sound. Until then…

All the best,                                                                                                                                                                                       Richard Hoover