Rick Canton’s Mini Gordo Midi Guitar elicited requests for more on the travel friendly instrument’s sculpted guitar body. I’m pleased to bring you both additional pictures alongside feedback from its proud owner Stephen Barry.
Here we start to see the extensive contouring that went into the midi guitar’s back:
As we rotate the instrument, we see a highly sculpted neck heel that combine with the body’s deep cutaways to provide excellent upper fret access.
Stephen describes “access to the upper frets as effortless relative to the Brian Moore 8.13 I was using as my main axe prior to the Gordo.”
More of the lovely work on the neck heel and a nice view of the figuring on the curly mahogany body:
Here’s a closer look at the Purpleheart wood 13 pin jack plate and the use of the previously featured Bondy fixed bridge based on the Steinberger bridge.
Stephen had this very interesting observation about playing an instrument this lightweight:
The guitar is so light (around 4.5 pounds) and it’s back so highly contoured that the guitar does not feel “anchored” in place. It seems more like it is floating. Since very little of the Gordo’s back actually contacts one’s body (much less friction), adjusting the playing angle in a fluid way as one moves in space seems effortless. It feels more like I am finding a natural playing position than a “correct” one. Of course, maybe they are the same. With the Gordo, I don’t need to think about it. I play and it responds and finds balance.
In Stephen’s final analysis, “this is a beautiful, easily portable (fits in a Ritter GL gig bag) and highly playable instrument.” Sounds like one very happy customer.
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