All Boulder Creek guitars feature solid tops, solid backs, and laminated sides for strength and durability. The tops, sides, backs, and necks are selected from high quality woods from all over the world. Both solid spruce and solid cedar tops are available. Backs and sides are available in both mahogany and rosewood.
|Features & Specifications
The “Solitaire” Series uses the same “SBS” bracing system as the “Stage & Studio Series” guitars. The “Solitaire” was designed for the player, not the audience. Rather than a front port to project the sound outward, the “Solitaire” features a port on the top side of the guitar to direct the sound to the player. Since guitar players spend over 90% of the time playing with just themselves and their guitar, the “Solitaire” is the perfect choice for your second guitar.
There were some interesting results when the first “Solitaire” samples arrived. Even though the guitars were designed for the player and not the audience, the front sound projection was incredible. Since the soundboard increased in size due to not cutting a hole in the front, it produced more treble, midrange, and overall volume. The sound port on the top of the guitar produced enhanced low range frequencies which could be heard all around the room as low frequencies are omni-directional. In other words, this guitar sounds incredible out front also! When partnered with the AB4-T Preamp system, it makes the perfect guitar for stage, professional recording, and home studio applications. With the “Solitaire’s great playability and tone, it’s the perfect choice for any working musician. (And it also looks really, really cool.)
“SBS” Suspended Bracing System
Many years ago a designer decided that there must be a better way to brace the soundboard of a guitar to allow more vibration and yet keep the strength and stability of the guitar top. It seemed that if the bridge could be secured without using traditional X-type wood bracing, the top would vibrate more freely. This would allow greater sustain, volume, and an overall richer tone.
The “Suspended Bracing System” was developed by Mike Shellhammer in conjunction with Morgan Hill Music in the Silicon Valley. By using less points of contact and less bracing around the bridge area, the guitar top vibrates freely but maintains its strength and stability. The exclusive aluminum tone bars allow the top to vibrate up and down, but not flex when string tension is applied. The aluminum bars secure the bridge but are suspended 1/2 inch below the top to avoid dampening the vibration. The bars are then attached at each end of the soundboard to secure the bridge.
The “SBS” system is simply a better way to brace a guitar. The tone, balance, and additional sustain are the results. Don’t compare the sound of a Boulder Creek guitar with the sound of other guitars in the same price range. It’s not fair to the other guitars.