Project "Crossover Model 2020
Why do you become a guitar maker? Because you have craft skills and interest, because you like to work with wood, because you play an instrument yourself and want to be involved in the making of concert guitars, ...
For these reasons, our current two apprentices Adrian and Tobias have decided to train as guitar makers at Hanika Guitars.
As their first big project, they were allowed to design and plan a prototype of a "Crossover Model 2020" and build it completely by hand. No CNC-milling was used, the frame was bent by hand and the neck was worked by hand with a neck/body dovetail joint.
The prototypes have a different body shape than the Hanika standard models, a flat top with 7-fold fan bar bracing and a neck/body transition at the 14th fret, as usual on steel string guitars. The thought and requirement was to allow guitarists an easier transition from a Western guitar to an acoustic guitar.
Adrian's prototype has back and sides made of flamed maple, top cedar, neck cedro, edges smoked oak with snakewood purfling, fingerboard and bridge rosewood, back head plate flamed maple, front head plate and rosette spalted beech and a 63cm scale length.
Tobias model differs from this one by a spruce top, maple edges and a scale length of 65cm.
Both can be proud of their first completely self-developed and built concert guitars and we are proud of our two apprentices!!!
The two crossover models can soon be tested at Andreas Dill's guitar shop in Weingarten (www.der-gitarrenladen.de).