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FEATURE

Luthier: Hank Mauel McCloud


GUITARBENCH P LAY E R S | LU T H I E R S | C O LLE C T O R S

ACOUSTIC&CLASSICAL

Issue Tree 2012


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Hank Mauel, the luthier behind this guitar says: This is guitar serial #128, completed August 2009. This is unique in that it features the “Voyage Air” folding neck joint as developed by my good friend and fellow luthier, Harvey Leach. As such, it represents probably the world’s “most unique travel guitar”. During construction, a sound port was added after discussion with the customer. Owner has added titanium bridge pins since delivery. Cutoff scraps of the Tree mahogany were saved from the back and bookmatched for headstock and end cap veneers. The “folding neck” giveaway is the “captured” string nut, zero fret and truss rod cover on the headstock as well as the cut line on the neck heel. It currently resides in California in the possession of "an uncommonly excellent gentleman of most particular and exacting taste

Specs Body: McCloud 4.25” body depth Back Wood: The Tree mahogany Top Wood: Port Orford Cedar Rosette: Green abalone Cutaway: Venetian Binding: Cocobolo Top Border: Ebony/cherry/ebony multiples. Nut Width: 1.75” Neck Shape: Mauel w/Voyage Air hinge Fingerboard: Ebony Headstock: The Tree mahogany overlay Bridge: Ebony 2.25” string space Tuners: Gotoh gold w/ebony Nut/Saddle: Fossilized ivory saddle only End Graft: Flamed koa Bridge Pins: Fossilized ivory Electronics: K&K passive Case: Hard shell & Voyage Air bag

Photos courtesy of H. Mauel


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David Wren 52-65 Kris Barnett 66-79 Megan Slankard 80-82

LESSONS Celtic Guitar Masterclass with Anton Emery: Celtic Backup 40-44

FEATURES Guitar Anatomy 6-7 Honduran Mahogany 9-10 The Tree Mahogany 12-13


SPECIAL FEATURE All instruments featured in this issue are feature highly figured Mahogany from “The Tree”

Kostal Modified Dreadnought 14-22 Ryan Dragonfly 24-29 Wells The Atlantic 34-37 Elliott Steel String Model 30-33 Breedlove OM Revival 38-39 Mauel McCloud 45-48 Miller Dreadnought 49-51 Kraut Modified Dreadnought 84-85 Saville Small Jumbo 86-90 McElroy Standard 94 Shimo Sugilite 95 True North Guitar Model 1 96-99 Fleishman 100-102 Woolson Ukulele 103-104

REVIEWS Little Man 91 Songs About Something 92 Acoustic Bossa Nova 93

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