“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.”

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Kevin Hennig


 Joel Sahlstrom

Sept. 30 2017  “The Wild Side”



Soundboard Sinker Red Cedar Cupressoideae

  Back, Sides, Bindings Circa 1960 East Indian Rosewood  Dalbergia latifolia

Neck Maple and Rosewood Acer/Dalbergia latifolia

Bridge, Fretboard Ebony Diospyros

Tuners Gotoh 510
Rosette Rosewood/Purple Heart
Scale Length 25.5″
Nut Width 1 3/4″
 Price Please Inquire


1.Chordal Response:  a fast energetic, lively, response, heavy-thick chordal weight with crisp developed highs/ lows warm productive bass  4.85
𝑑1 = 4.85   ( 4.9-n) +1 =1.85 )
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord:  12- 14 secs  superb sustain with upper/ lower partials,    4.9
𝑑2 = 4.9( 4.9-n) +1 =1.9 )
3. Basic volume and presence: a loud productive, dynamic and radiant crisp voice, rewarding and balanced spectrum of “open” tone,dark swells of open orchestral sounds     4.85
𝑑3 =4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 =1.9 )
4. Individual note separation and focus: excellent note separation and focus, heavy -rich highs, thick and declared bass wet and dry notes, possible, excellent balance and articulation     4.85
𝑑4 =4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 =1.9)

5.Systematic sustain: warm full sustain, wet and dry response possible, versatile sustain from flat picking to finger-style, crisp malleable sustain, capable of building a lot of amplitude  4.9
𝑑5 =4.9 ( 4.9-n) +1 =1.9)
6. Response compliance: energetic, lively response with balanced heavy finish, very active and balanced spectrum, excellent headroom     4.9
𝑑6 = 4.9 ( 4.9 -n) +1 =1.9 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: very well balanced with a heavy acoustic note soaked in dark nuances and nylon visions, an enthusiastic fun voice, inviting vibrant, resonating harmonics/  microtones, effortless playability,             4.9
𝑑7 = 4.9 ( 4.9-n) +1 =1.9 )
8. Even strength and balance of each string: strings are very well balanced, refined sound with expert articulation,  4.85
𝑑8 = 4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 =1.85 )
9. Tone projection: forward intimate. concert, focused tone production, dynamic ways of projecting due to five stage sostenuto port, radiated sound full box breaths, crisp-sharp-radiant-highs      4.85
𝑑9 =4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 =1.85)
10. A large dynamic range: a superb array of “electrifying” dynamics, soft, open, sweet, honey dipped dark chocolate soaked spectrum of tone wrapped in a powerful responsive steel string box  4.9
𝑑10 =4.9 ( 4.9-n) +1 = 1.9 )

11. Tonal bloom: full bloom cycles, noticeable due to electrifying brine of harmonics and overtones    4.85
𝑑11 =4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 =1.85 )


Quality Of Tone

A courageous response dark swooning tone full of vibrancy and life. This instrument presents a superb spectrum of thick tone nuances  in a responsive and energetic box. Large heaps of cathedral-like sound loaded in harmonics and overtones.  A full bodied sound with a lot of headroom to explore. Truly an exquisite instrument with tremendous musical potential.



∑𝑑 = (𝑑1+𝑑2+𝑑3+𝑑4+𝑑5+𝑑6+𝑑7+𝑑8+𝑑9+𝑑10+𝑑11)= 20.3
𝐏= ∑ 𝐅 ∕ T ∑𝐅=∑𝑑⧹𝐀
P = 21.05 / T
𝐏= 20.3/ 22 ≅ 9.2/10 ≅ 92%

The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem


This is a Sahlstrom Stringed Instruments original body, headstock, rosette design as well as bracing pattern and voice. This guitar also features Joel’s newest innovation coined the “Sostenuto Pedal” by Symphontree Music. This pedal allows users to intimately control intermediate tone and decay through the use of a five stage sound port cover. This cover acts like a pedal which sustains the tone softly for the listener while it is depressed. It also allows users to experience the tone on five different levels and prolong the musical passage by altering the energy flow in the box. This guitar was crafted for Symphontree Music by Joel Sahlstrom and delivered late Septemeber 2017. All elements of the design are Joel’s original designs and concepts.



Notion of Design

This guitar was crafted for Symphontree Music with the goal of highlighting the significance of Joel Sahlstrom’s recent work. “Anouk” is a triple O guitar shape with an arm bevel and no cut away. The materials were specifically chosen by Joel Sahlstrom to craft a guitar with a profound look and presence backed in heaps of open tone.


The clean executed lines pair up beautifully with the natural “streaking” of the sunken wood to craft an outstanding musical instrument with a refined voice and sophisticated look.




Sept. 30 2017  Wild Side