Stage 100 details
Based on a 16″ archtop body plan this style of guitar is sometimes called a “jumbo”. It does fit is a dreadnaught case, so it is pretty big, but the tighter waist makes it comfortable to play seated. Most guitarists played sitting down in the era the archtop was first built, hence the tighter waist which lowers the guitar on the lap. The Everly Brothers used guitars like this for their signature big acoustic rhythm sound. This is about my favourite flat top guitar to play in most situations. It has a strong but not boomy bass which handles low tunings like DADGAD really well. The mids and trebles are full-bodied all the way up the neck making it surprisingly good for fingerstyle playing but also a wonderful powerhouse for acoustic pop and rock rhythms. Wood choices can focus the response in different directions. I favour German Spruce and Rosewood for ultimate power, but have made great versions in West Australian Jarrah, Australian Black Acacia, West Australian Marri, and even very heavy and projecting Wandoo. The stage 100 makes a great 12 string guitar too.
|Back & Sides
Stage 100 in German Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood.
Madagascar Rosewood Back and Sides
German Spruce and Australian Black Acacia
Australian Balck Acacia back and sides.
Madagascar Rosewood Back
Left-handed Black Acacia back with cutaway option.