Luthier: Craig Bumgarner
Serial #: October13
Top: Western Red Cedar
Back and Sides: Cocobolo
Tuners: Grover 18:1
Tailpiece: DR Brass
Owner: Jim Kaznosky
Mostly from Michael’s review of one of Craig’s guitar:
This wonderful guitar posses so many of the qualities that top professionals look for: bright, shimmery highs; tight, defined lows; a nice midrange growl; and fantastic projection. Similar to that of many high priced vintage guitars, this guitar produces a mature and cutting high end which will make your leads easily heard above even the most aggressive rhythm players. There is also a nice open complexity to the sound that adds a wash of interesting harmonics to anything that you play. The most notable aspect of the tone is its “old school” character and mojo.
Much of the classic tone of this instrument is produced by its Castelluccia inspired three brace design. Selmer and most other luthiers use four or five braces. Casetlleuccia used only three which helps increase the volume and frequency response of the guitar. Additionally, this instrument has the unique Castelluccia style D hole which has an attractive, more organic looking roundness to it. The performance of this instrument is further aided by its lightweight design. At only 3.8 lbs, this instrument is free to resonate without the added burden of excess mass which explains its unusually good projection.
The vintage tone of this instrument is at least partially due to its cedar top, a wood known for sounding “broken in” even when new which is certainly the case here. The neck is bolted on rather than glued. This method is generally considered superior to a glued on neck as it is stronger and easier to adjust if need be while having no impact on the sound and performance of the guitar.
Everyone who picks up this guitar remarks at how easy the action is and how unique the sound is. It is the nicest instrument I have ever owned.