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Old 10-29-2019, 04:22 AM
BenjaminPaldacci BenjaminPaldacci is offline
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Location: Quebec City, Canada
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Small OM... a singular name, for a singular guitar

Some of you asked questions about this new shape, and I will try to ask about it. When I've designed this model, my goal was to have a different result in terms of sound & Playability, than the ones I've got with my OM and OO models. On the OO-12, I build an hybrid "X and Faned", to have a particular sound I really love. Very intimate, responsive, but with the best Headroom & projection I could have. It is inspired by the work of the amazing Jeff Traugott, Michael Bashkin & Stephen Strahm

One of the thing I hate on a guitar, is when it is overbraced. It really kill the instrument, and I definitely couldn't have a "pure" X Bracing on my small model. So, I tried to find a great alternative, and to build a model which would be the perfect crossover beetween OM & OO. Here are the specs which are changing for the small OM Model:

- 25.5'' fret scale: It is longer than my OM (25.34'') and OO (24.75''), to allow drop tuning to the musician. My guitars are sounding pretty great in DADGAD or exotic tuning, and I didn't want to lose that on this model. Better than that, I wanted to increase the possibilities about this point.

- 14 frets jointed: I offer only 1 version of each of my models. OM is jointed at the 14th fret, and OO at the 12th. It really fits in terms of "Identity" and I am staying in a kind of "tradition" with those choices... but I've always wanted to try a OO-14, without losing the qualities of the 12th version. The small OM is here, for me to do that.

- Dimensions: I've kept the OM specs on the Low end and body-length, but the upper-bout & waist, are similar to my OO Model. The depth of the body, is like an OM deep-body. So, this is like a OO under steroids.

- Fingerboard width: It depends of the desire of my customers, but my favorites specs are 45 mm at the nut and 55/60 mm at the 12th fret. It is very comfortable for fingerstyle, and I am building my guitars for this kind of music (but you could strum on it if you want, it is working pretty good). About my voicing, I am still keeping my philosophy: achieve the construction of a "responsive guitar" (Thanks to Ervin Somogyi).

- About the weight, and Tuning Machines: I generally tend to not like heavy guitars. It have nothing to do with the sound, because I've trie incredible guitars which were not lightweight... but in terms of comfort, and workability of the wood, I generally chose a wood which is light & stiff. Definitely not the heavy & floppy stuff. The first Small OM weight is under 2 kilos (4.41 lbs), and I've chosed small Gotoh 510 to increase this point.

- Hardcase: As I've previously said, I work EXCLUSIVELY with Main stage cases company now. Their case & communication are amazing. I am very picky about all the parameters of my guitarbuilding, from the wood to the people I am working with. As It would take weeks before to have my Personnalized Main stage case for this little beauty, I have chosed to go with @Hiscoxcasesltd to ship it, as you could see in this picture. I don't want to have any problems, and I prefer to pay a couple of $$$ to catch the best & Strong case possible, for my precious customers. Eddie's Guitars will receive the Main Stage case later, with a beautiful Caseadillo to protect it... and the Small OM will be safe, during the time before the delivery of those items.

If you have any other questions about this beautiful guitar, come to say Hi at the Salon International de Guitare de Québec International Guitar Show, and contact Matthew Chulka at Eddie's Guitars (or myself) for any informations.

Benjamin Paldacci Guitars:

"I strive to build my instruments with the finest Tone, Ergonomics & Aesthetics"
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