The 1600's is considered the golden era in violin making. Instruments
crafted by families such as the Stradivari and Guarneri still provide
benchmarks by which all other violins are judged. And, amazingly, a few
of those classic instruments are still being played today.
Montarado's Viola guitar is inspired by those beautifully crafted bowed
instruments, inviting a time-honored tradition into a modern plecktrom
style archtop. The scale of this guitar enhances its tonal vocabulary
while also greatly reducing the feedback that contemporary archtops are
prone to. This results in the Viola's ability to play well at higher volumes.
- Neck: 3-piece flamed maple with carbon fiber reinforcement
- Top: German spruce
- Back/Sides: Flamed maple
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Bridge: Ebony - Custom machined to client's string gauge
- Tailpiece - Ebony with brass inserts
- Pickup - Benedetto Jazz Humbucker
The Viola guitar was reviewed in the November/December 2014 issue of Guitar Aficionado:
"A perfect and musically satisfying union of a viola and an archtop guitar"
"In the vast world of custom guitars, the Montarado Viola is in a class by itself"
"Its wide variety of alluring tones is like an orchestra all to itself"
What makes Montarado's Archtop Guitar unique?
Based on the traditions of violin construction, Montarado's archtop
guitars are graduated and retain a protruding edge. This gives a classic
look and controlled projection to these modern guitars.
The smaller sound chamber and suspended tonebar in this unique design
allow higher levels of amplification than traditional archtops.
A conical joint for the neck eliminates the need for a traditional neck
heel and allows better access to the higher register. The use of a
double-sliding dovetail joint to attach the neck, in conjunction with
dual carbon fiber rods, allows for better sustain and no neck movement.