“How I endured, we were attuned, though my heart was your eager prisoner”

Nadah El Shazly

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Caetano Veloso


James Dion

Aug 16 2018  “Tangerine Fields”


No 4

Soundboard Lutz Spruce Picea x Lutzii

  Back, Sides,  Brazilian Lacewood  Cardwellia sublimis

Neck Honduran Mahogany Swietenia macrophylla

Bridge, Fretboard Ebony Diospyros


LOWER BOUT 15.16 “
NUT WIDTH 1 3/4″



1.Chordal Response:  a fast-warm energetic-lively response, balanced- thick chordal weight with crisp warm spectrum, warm productive, intimate bass, gain  4.95
𝑑1 = 4.95   ( 5-n) +1 =1.95 )
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord:  16 + secs  superb sustain with upper/ lower partials, sustain capable of picking up gain from other notes    4.95
𝑑2 = 4.95 ( 5-n) +1 =1.95 )
3. Basic volume and presence: a loud intimate, dynamic warm rich voice, distinguished and balanced blend of organic fundamental under a energetic, responsive tone     4.9
𝑑3 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9 )
4. Individual note separation and focus: excellent note separation and focus, full bodied  -rich sharp highs, crisp, defined and decadent bass, wet and dry notes, possible, excellent balance and articulation     4.9
𝑑4 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9)

5.Systematic sustain: warm full bodied sustain, wet and dry response possible, versatile sustain from flat picking to finger-style, tube amp sustain, capable of building amplitude  4.95
𝑑5 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9)
6. Response compliance: energetic, lively response with balanced natural finish, active and balanced spectrum, intimate, pleasing, dynamic     4.9
𝑑6 = 4.9 ( 4.85 -n) +1 =1.9 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: very well balanced with a crisp fundamental  firm acoustic note expressed in swells of tone wood vibes paired with an enthusiastic fun voice, inviting vibrant, sharp to dark to soft and firm, bellowing harmonics, effortless playability, intimate, pleasing tone generated from the belly of the instrument.            4.9
𝑑7 = 4.9 ( 4.8-n) +1 =1.9 )
8. Even strength and balance of each string: strings are very well balanced, refined sound with expert articulation, great fundamental  4.9
𝑑8 = 4.9 ( 4.9-n) +1 =1.9 )
9. Tone projection:solid box built for a lifetime, feel it vibrate as you play, forward intimate. concert, focused tone production, radiated sound full box breaths, crisp-sharp-radiant-highs, big push       4.95
𝑑9 =4.95 ( 4.95-n) +1 =1.95)
10. A large dynamic range: a vast array of dynamics, soft, open, sweet, heavy, loose, even concert to raspy bodied tone. Huge ringing harmonics with heavy sustain   4.9
𝑑10 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 = 1.9 )

11. Tonal bloom: full bloom cycles,noticeable  and can gain amplitude during saturation  4.9
𝑑11 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9 )


Quality Of Tone

The tube amp of acoustic guitars. A sound completely un adulter’d by the efficiencies of man. Raw earthy harmonics cable of gaining amplitude after the initial pluck expressed in an organic fragrant swell of tone wood vibes. A large vast array of dynamics to display and exploit, expert intonation and effortless comfortability come together as one stunning musical instrument with tremendous potential.



∑𝑑 = (𝑑1+𝑑2+𝑑3+𝑑4+𝑑5+𝑑6+𝑑7+𝑑8+𝑑9+𝑑10+𝑑11)= 20.80
𝐏= ∑ 𝐅 ∕ T ∑𝐅=∑𝑑⧹𝐀
P = 20.80 / T
𝐏= 20.80/ 22 ≅ /10 ≅ 95%

The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem


This is a Dion Guitars original design. The concept was to design a quintessential No 4 sized guitar utilizing some of Jame’s finest materials. This guitar was crafted in Dion’s shop in Edmonton, Alberta.

A note from Dion Guitars

The No. 04 Model is the newest body shape I’ve added to the Dion Guitars line. Designed to have graceful flowing lines, soft curves and good ergonomics, this Guitar, though larger than my other model, fits comfortably in the arms of even small players. The Model No. 04  highlights a maturity in my design eye, a simplicity that reflects my decade plus experience in the craft.
This guitar boasts a number of uncommon design elements standard on all Dion Guitars:
The neck is a fully bolted straight mortis and tenon including a bolt on fingerboard extension. Contrary to popular belief a glued neck joint isn’t actually a tighter neck joint. When glueing a wood joint one needs to leave room for the wood to swell once the glue is applied . With a bolted neck joint, a perfect wood to wood joint can be made, with the added benefit of easy neck resets down the road. This neck also has a shop-made carbon fibre u-rod running the length of the neck and into the headstock, stiffening and stabilizing the neck and a beautiful, stainless steel, double action truss rod made by luthier Mark Blanchard.
The Back is made from four layers of wood in alternating grain orientation with a core of nomex, this design allows me to create a vary evenly stiff, very active back contributing greatly to the tone and projection of this guitar
The Sides Constructed from three layers of wood, the centre being kerfed to lighten and make bendable. These sides create a very stiff, very stable rim, taking some of the load off of the top allowing me to lighten the soundboard, creating more potential for sound production.
These structural elements make the guitar about 10% heavier than conventionally made guitars, but create a stable instrument that is very responsive and built light in all the appropriate places.

Notion of Design

The larger of Dion’s two models this guitar has more robust curves, a thinner waist and a 14th fret neck joint. The lower bout has enough depth to allow exceptional fundamental bloom with the slightest of touch. This No 4 style guitar pairs extreme comfortability with a big voice one would expect from a jumbo or larger sized guitar. The result is a deep bank of dynamics, clear fundamental teamed up lingering sustain packed into an effortlessly insatiable musical instrument.



A very special guitar with a profound analogous voice. Master craftsmen refined lines, stunning high quality woods and carnal curves make this a very special instrument capable of being the ultimate muse as well as musical partner. Choral is best described as the “tube amp” for acoustic guitars.




MM (1 of 1)

Aug 16 2018  Black Foliage 


“Every once in a while, a new technology, an old problem, and a big idea turn into an innovation.”

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