Oribe Guitar FAQs
Why do you not build on an order-only basis but prefer to offer your instruments after they are completed?
Through the years we have discovered that the longer many operations and the resultant curing takes, the better the final quality. Our instruments are constructed in batches and take several years to complete. We purchased our lifetime supply of woods in the 1960’s and have been curing it for over forty years now. Our French polish finishing process alone takes up to a year to be complete and stunning.
How important is the finish of the guitar?
The finish on a musical instrument is most important to its value. Factory guitars are invariably finished with production methods. Our finishing procedure on every instrument takes at least 3 to 9 months with our exquisite French polished shellac.
What is French polishing?
French polishing is a method of applying a shellac based finish material to a wood product. The method goes back to early times and its use still proves to be of serious consideration for the soundboards of classical guitars.
The shellac is carefully and thinly applied with a wad of lint-free material. The method requires a lubricating agent to avoid having the wad stick, and a polishing agent to glaze the surface. This finishing technique is difficult to do well to professional standards. It can be considered an art in itself. It is very time consuming and not possible in commercial application.
Which is the best material for soundboards? What is the difference?
There are three soundboard materials that are being used in Oribe guitars and by most major makers in the world. These are spruce, western red cedar and Sequoia redwood.
The difference is a matter of taste. Most guitarists prefer western red cedar when volume and responsiveness are concerned. Redwood was popular in the past and spruce is still popular with some players. Spruce being a little tighter develops a little slower and does loosen up in time and becomes quite nice with years of playing.
How many pieces of wood are in your rosette?
There are more or less 15,000 individual pieces of dyed wood in a typical Oribe rosette, depending on the design.
Which type of material do you use for your fret wire?
Our fret wire is made special for us with our dimensions and specifications. The material is a hard alloy. Our frets are also a little taller. Players are finding that it takes less effort and energy to finger and hold bar chords with a taller fret. There is less resistance when holding down the strings on the fingerboard.
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