Maxmonte Guitars Uses D-TAR for Harp Guitar
In Padova, Italy, around 25 miles west of Venice, a guitar builder named Massimiliano (“Max”) Monterosso builds highly original guitars that are firmly grounded in tradition. His shop, called Maxmonte Guitars, just completed this latest creation: a left-handed Dyer-style harp guitar. Shown below, you can see a solid top built from local spruce grown in the Fiemme Valley in the Dolomites region of northern Italy. The guitar also uses American black walnut back and sides as well as a black walnut Doolin-style neck with a floating ebony fingerboard and a slotted headstock. The guitar also employs carbon fiber reinforcements.
In case you’re wondering, a harp guitar is basically a regular steel string guitar with some extra strings: in this case, six sub bass strings, tuned GDCBAG high to low, with the sound box extending all the way to the end of the neck.
This beautiful beast is powered by D-TAR acoustic amplification, specifically the Wave-Length Multi-Source, the same pickup used in high-end Martin and Guild acoustics. A second Wave-Length pickup is wired in parallel with the main system for the sub-bass strings. Says Max about this unique tone challenge, “It can be tricky to balance the two banks, but you can work it out tweaking the sub basses’ saddle height.”
Max continues, “I am very happy with the amplified sound. We had a chance to try it out with Schertler, SR, AER and Bose amps and the sound is consistently good. Just plug and play.”
And in case you’re wondering what this gorgeous beast sounds like, check out this video in which it’s played by Francesco Faldani, its happy owner.
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