NEW MELBOURNE GUITARS SERENUS B SHADE TOP
Over the years we have sold many Melbourne Guitars. His workshop is located about 20 minutes from our shop and we have been a fan of his work for almost 20 years!
This Serenus B model is Luthier Dana Davis' original shape and design. It has a Shade Top finish reminiscent of a 30's Martin.
This guitar sells for over $4,000.00 when buying direct from the builder but we are able to offer it at a discount! We also love trades!
The woods used to build this guitar are all breathtaking!!!
Here is an in depth description of the construction...
Serial # 61678
Back and sides: High Grade flamed Honduras Mahogany
Top: AAAA 25 year air dry tight grain Sitka Spruce
Neck: 1 piece Honduras Mahogany
Fingerboard: Premium grade Ebony
Purfling: High Grade Spanish style Flamed Maple
Bindings, endgraft, and heel: Bubinga
Rosette: Burled Redwood with MOP
Bridge: Madagascar Ebony
Nut: Unbleached Bone 1 3/4" width
Saddle: Unbleached Bone with 2 3/16" spacing
Headplate: Indian Rosewood
Finish: High Gloss Laquer
Neck finish: Casey Birchwood Tru-oil
Case: Brown Stage Five Access hard case
More about the builder, Dana Davis....
PAINT IT BLACK
I guess the seed was watered when I was around eleven years old, after hearing "you know who" on the Ed Sullivan show. I headed directly down to the scrap wood pile in the basement of my parent's house. Being that dad had his tools set up for furniture making, I went right to town and made my John Lennon look-alike guitar, complete with fishing line strings and painted black of course. Then, you know the routine, playing in bands and working for Ross G. Davis carpentry through my teenage years.
PLAY WITH FIRE
Got serious with the music for about a decade with the Davis & Greene Band, a high energy, hard working group of guys and their manager, performing all original music at all the hot spot concert clubs in Boston, North Shore, South Shore and Western Massachusetts. Laid that all to rest at around thirty years of age.
GIVE ME SHELTER
For twenty years I ran my own building/remodeling business with good success, except the steady diet of roofing and framing ultimately got to my shoulders. What to do? "Oh, guitars...I'll build guitars!" And that's what I've been doing for the last twenty years. Still a bitch on the shoulders, but what are ya gonna do?
TIME IS ON MY SIDE
After a certain amount of years I think most builders strive for the same general zone of perfection. Whether it be a fine finish, superb playability, or visual appeal through body shape design and appointments. If there was one particular area of refinement that might distinguish certain builders from others, it would be the amount of emphasis put on bracing patterns and overall bracing design and fastening. At Melbourne Guitars a lot of energy is put into the fastening and carving of the top's X-bracing. The X-brace is first carved to fit the compound contours of a twenty-five foot radius dome shaped form. This X-brace is joined to the top plate insuring that every possible area of contact is mating perfectly to the top. There is no half-hearted clamping with glue filling in the gaps, ever. The idea is to make this most important brace blend into the top as if they were one. Once this has set up after a generous clamping time the top has taken it's new shape of a twenty-five foot radius dome. A lot of strength is accomplished through this design. Now here is an area that let's me really go after that ultimate snap and punch found in so many Melbourne Guitars. I start by ramping from center to the outside of the X-brace into a sloped parabolic shape. From here the sides of the brace are reduced to form a soft peak. These are further scalloped at critical areas within the lower bout to allow for maximum resonance. This detail is where I believe that you as a player could detect the distinct sound of a Melbourne Guitar.
As any instrument builder will attest, the ultimate gratification is when the right piece finds it's way to an artist that knows how and where to dig in and exploit that instrument's potential. When I get to hear that, I am paid in full.
Thank you for you interest in Melbourne Guitars.
Dana Melbourne Davis / Luthier