“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light”


Even in the longest dark, you are the conductor of light


Kevin Hennig


Reuben Forsland

Sept. 30 2017  “Dover Trail”

“Long Dark II”


Soundboard  Ancient Sitka Spruce  Picea sitchensis

  Back, Sides, Neck, Bridge, Fretboard  Ancient Oak of Langwood Fen Quercus


Purfling Lines Pure Stirling Silver
Nut Width 1 3/4″
String Spacing 2 1/4″
Scale Length 25.7″
 Price SOLD


1.Chordal Response:  a fast energetic, lively, response, dark swelling chordal weight with crisp developed highs, warm productive bass, sharp shining trebles  4.85
𝑑1 = 4.9   ( 5-n) +1 =1.9 )
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord:  12- 14 secs  excellent sustain with upper/ lower partials,    4.9
𝑑2 = 4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9 )
3. Basic volume and presence: a loud productive, dynamic and radiant crisp voice, dynamic balanced spectrum of dark and light    4.85
𝑑3 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9 )
4. Individual note separation and focus: excellent note separation and focus, shimmering bright shiny highs, dark and crisp 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 sustain, wet and dry response possible, versatile sustain from flat picking to finger-style, crisp malleable sustain, capable of building a lot of amplitude, concert projection 4.9
𝑑5 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9)
6. Response compliance: energetic, lively response with balanced lush finish, active and balanced spectrum     4.85
𝑑6 = 4.85 ( 4.85 -n) +1 =1.9 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: well balanced with a crisp acoustic note, dipped in lavish darkness and shimmery shiny trebles, an enthusiastic fun, dark voice, inviting vibrant, Chirping harmonics,,             4.85
𝑑7 = 4.85 ( 4.8-n) +1 =1.9 )
8. Even strength and balance of each string: strings are very well balanced, refined sound with excellent articulation,  4.9
𝑑8 = 4.9 ( 4.9-n) +1 =1.9 )
9. Tone projection: forward intimate. concert, focused tone production, radiated sound full box breaths, crisp-sharp-radiant-highs      4.8
𝑑9 =4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 =1.85)
10. A large dynamic range: an excellent array of dynamics, bright, dark, crisp, lush, open, sweet, honey dipped darkness with shape shifting highs  4.85
𝑑10 =4.85 ( 4.85-n) +1 = 1.85 )

11. Tonal bloom: full bloom cycles, almost unnoticeable due to electrifying brine of trebles over a warm courageous bass lurking in darkness, loads of headroom    4.9
𝑑11 =4.9 ( 5-n) +1 =1.9 )



Quality Of Tone

A broad spectrum of coloured tone marinating in an ancient terra brine.This guitar has a voice unlike any other instrument in the world due to the use of ancient material as the medium. There is dark malleable tone, sharp bright highs all the while the spectrum is balanced. When pushed, the soundboard provides a lot of headroom with it’s lively response. Overall, the sound is very enjoyable, pleasing as well as motivating.The instrument responds extremely well to touch and rewards you with full bodied deep, strong tone, premonitions of an ancient life and authentic land.

A historical 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 Joi Guitar original body design, headstock design, rosette, bracing pattern and voice. It was crafted in 2017 by Reuben Forsland in his shop in Comox, BC Canada.

Notion of Design

The Long Dark II is a continuation of a series of historical guitars from Reuben Forsland entitled “The Long Dark”. Each piece features documented wood from an entirely different lifetime. It is Reuben’s goal to give these archival woods a profound voice, from which they can begin to tell their story.

A sensational guitar with a powerful presence and voice. Clean refined lines, historic wood, and a contemporary look make this a very special instrument as well as significant artifact.




Sept. 30 2017  “Dover Trail”

“The Long Dark II”