Viola Model

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.