anathema196 wrote: ↑
Tue May 22, 2018 1:47 pm
I purchased one of Heikki Rousos 13 string guitars and have it tuned to d-minor. I went with the below for it's specs and also asked him to do a swan neck. The basses are fairly powerful and i'm still getting used to managing them by dampening. It's a great guitar and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase from him again and I felt the prices were reasonable. The next closest 13 luthier was $1500 more than I paid and I saw few Thames models that were up there in price as well. Have you checked out the videos on youtube?
Soundboard - Spruce
Neck - Mahogny
Fingerboard - Ebony
Tuners - Rubner
Finish - Shellac
Back and sides - East Indian rosewood
If you have any specific questions let me know.
Thank you very much for your reply.
My guitar will have similar materials.
I asked for 3 long floating basses on a (slightly) more conventional headstock rather than them over the fingerboard (because I was told by Heikki that it would be better sonically & the neck would be lighter). His recommended design uses conventional 4-6th strings for the lowest basses but because of their longer length they sound lower. He said they should also sound better because otherwise they would have to be fatter strings.
Is the swan neck the same principle? What are the other reasons for the swan neck? I preferred the appearance of the more conventional neck I ordered to the swan neck. But are there sonic reasons as well as cosmetic ones?
I'm relieved to hear you like your guitar. It is a bit of a gamble ordering a guitar without having tried one in person but I know Heikki comes highly recommended and the YouTube videos by Andreas Koch and others look & sound impressive. The facts that Heikki is a bit of a specialist in extended range guitars and that, as you say, his prices seem very reasonable also helped me decide on commissioning a guitar from him.
Please keep me updated on how you are getting on with your guitar.