The Falcate OM

Karan Singh - Bigfoot Guitars

OM:  Monkey Pod Top, Back, Sides, Mahogany Neck, Indian Ebony Bridge and Fingerboard, Bone Nut and Saddle, 1 3/4″  Nut, 2/14″ String Spacing, Falcate Bracing Pattern, Soft Shell Case       $6500     


The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem


1.Chordal Response: fast, lively, response, glittery- light chordal weight with crisp developed highs, excellent hardwood response    4.8
𝑑1 = 4.8   ( 5-n) +1 =1.8 )
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord:  12- 14 secs  rich sustain with upper/ lower partials, more diffused sustain then a typical Spruce top, even   4.8
𝑑2 = 4.8 ( 5-n) +1 =1.8 )
3. Basic volume and presence: medium amplitude, forward projection with intimate finish, warm, toasty- comforting sound    4.75
𝑑3 =4.75 ( 5-n) +1 =1.75)
4. Individual note separation and focus: great note separation and focus, shimmery bright highs over decadent soft bass swells, excellent balance and articulation     4.75
𝑑4 =4.8 ( 5-n) +1 =1.8)

5.Systematic sustain: warm and balanced sustain, wet / dry response, versatile sustain from flat picking to finger-style  4.75
𝑑5 =4.75 ( 5-n) +1 =1.75)
6. Response compliance: energetic, response with bright finish, warm comforting sound, excellent hardwood response    4.75
𝑑6 = 4.85 ( 4.85 -n) +1 =1.75 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: well balanced with a warm enthusiastic acoustic note, fun and vibrant guitar, strummer guitar             4.80
𝑑7 = 4.80 ( 4.8-n) +1 =1.80 )
8. Even strength and balance of each string: strings are balanced and pronounced with a crisp warm focus, excellent articulation, shimmery highs,  4.8
𝑑8 = 4.8 ( 4.75-n) +1 =1.8 )
9. Tone projection: forward focused tone production, radiated sound in a full snappy tone aura, crisp and sharp highs      4.8
𝑑9 =4.8 ( 5-n) +1 =1.8)
10. A large dynamic range: a nice array of dynamics, warm comforting tone to raspy- haunting thrashes  4.80
𝑑10 =4.80 ( 5-n) +1 = 1.80 )

11. Tonal bloom: full even bloom cycles, in a warm clear brine of trebles enveloped in a comforting diffusing of tone.    4.8
𝑑11 =4.8 ( 5-n) +1 =1.8 )


Quality Of Tone

 A well balanced sound with a crisp acoustic note, an enthusiastic fun voice with a warm comforting presence.  All strings are balanced and pronounced with a crisp focus, excellent articulation, shimmery highs and a a nice array of dynamics. A fun, fast and pleasing guitar to enjoy. Effortless playability and good drive teamed with an excellent response from a hardwood top.



∑𝑑 = (𝑑1+𝑑2+𝑑3+𝑑4+𝑑5+𝑑6+𝑑7+𝑑8+𝑑9+𝑑10+𝑑11)= 19
𝐏= ∑ 𝐅 ∕ T ∑𝐅=∑𝑑⧹𝐀
P = 19 / T
𝐏= 19/ 22 ≅ /10 ≅ 86%


This is a Bigfoot Guitars original body design, headstock design, rosette and voice. It was crafted in 2017 by Karan Singh in his shop in New Delhi, India. The “Falcate” bracing system was invented by Australian luthier Trevor Gore


This guitar began construction in the second half of 2016. I wanted to challenge what I know about acoustic guitars, and work on creating a guitar that was louder, punchier, more responsive, and with a broader tonal range than the traditional X- braced system. Something with a more modern voice, ideal for the finger style player. After much contemplation and prototyping, I decided to use the Falcate bracing system for my soundboards, based loosely on the teachings of Gore and Gilet (Luthiers from Australia). All the soundboard braces are sandwiched between two strips of carbon fiber cloth, which really stiffens up the structure. This in turn allows me to greatly reduce the height and width of the braces, while retaining the required stiffness for a responsive top.
The neck meets the body at the 12th fret, which places the bridge in the sweet spot on the soundboard, half way between the sound hole and the perimeter, allowing for maximal vibration, and a ton of harmonic complexity.

Another major aspect of my builds is using indigenous woods from my native country – India. Since we have tons of lovely hardwood to offer, I spend most of my time experimenting with new species which can be successfully used on guitars and other acoustic stringed instruments. For this build, I decided to go ahead with using Monkey Pod (Albizzia Saman) for the top, back and sides. This hardwood is not only visually stunning, but also offers a lovely contrast in tone, when compared to traditional Spruce and Cedar tops. When braced properly, it has a focused tone, with tons of warmth and sustain.

The result of all these elements, and a year’s work, is this beautiful guitar with a huge voice. The low end is really low, and the trebles are just where they need to be!! It is definitely a design that will be a permanent offering from the Bigfoot Custom Shop going forward.


A real character with style, class, that energizes, influences and lifts your mood. A companion in which to always seek comfort and loving warmth from.