J45, The Slope D

Tony Karol

J45 Slope D

Master Grade Adirondack Spruce Top,  Presentation Grade Cocobolo Back and Sides Venetian Cutaway, Armrest, Cocobolo and Paua Abalone Rosette, accented with black/green/black mitred Purfling Lines, African Blackwood Binding, Armrest Veneer, Bridge, Headplates, Honduran Mahogany Neck, Ebony Fingerboard, 24.75 scale length, 1 ¾ Bone Nut, Slender C Neck, Bone saddle 2 3/16″, Ebony Bridge Pins, Gotoh 510 tuners, K&K Pure Mini   SOLD

 

 

 

The Ecstatic Guitar Theorem

1. Chordal Response: fast, lively response with full chordal breath
𝑑1 = 4.8    (4.8 -n) +1 = 1.8)
2.Individual note decay as well as blended in a chord: excellent note sustain, overtone series
approx 12 sec as note 12 ~ sec with vibrato
𝑑2 = 4.75   (4.75 – n) +1 =1.75 )
3. Basic volume and presence: loud, full bodied, open breaths, deep bottom end movement, nice balance, overtones,
𝑑3 = 4.8 ( 4.8– n) +1 =1.8 )
4. Individual note separation and focus: great note separation and focus, more bass response and balance, clear pronounced and energetic trebles
𝑑4 = 4.65 ( 4.65– n) +1 = 1.65)

5.Systematic sustain:   clear, rich, lush sustain, large even and consistent bloom, not a super heavy sustain, more light and airy and slow and steady
𝑑5 =4.75 ( 4.75 – n) +1 =1.75 )
6. Response compliance: a responsive guitar, lively bass in big full breaths of tone
𝑑6 = 4.75 (4.75– n) +1 =1.75 )
7. Balance and quality of tone: deep, rich, bass fundamental, excellent decay and sustain, full tonal breaths that are steady, even and consistent.
𝑑7 4.75=(4.75- n) +1 = 1.75)
8. Even strength and balance of each string: great note separation and balance, more bass response and energy but does not overwhelm or limit the trebles,
𝑑8 =4.7 (4.7 – n) +1 =1.7 )
9. Tone projection: round projection in big open swells and deep breaths, loud almost stereo guitar
𝑑9 =4.85 ( 4.85– n) +1 =1.8 )
10. A large dynamic range:  a nice dynamic range with even distribution of timbre from fretboard to bridge, consistent and very manageable.
𝑑10 =4.7 (4.7– n) +1 =1.7)

11. Tonal bloom: consistent, steady, even bloom layered in medium rich decay, well balanced, excellent bloom 
𝑑11 = 4.8( 4.8– n) +1 =1.8 )

Quality Of Tone

Deep, rich, bass fundamental, excellent decay and sustain, full tonal breaths that are steady, even and consistent, round projection in big open swells and deep breaths, loud almost a stereo like guitar, clear, rich, lush sustain, large even and consistent bloom, not a super heavy sustain, more light and airy and slow and steady.

Power

∑𝑑 = (𝑑1+𝑑2+𝑑3+𝑑4+𝑑5+𝑑6+𝑑7+𝑑8+𝑑9+𝑑10+𝑑11)=
𝐏= ∑ 𝐅 ∕ T ∑𝐅=∑𝑑⧹𝐀
P = / T
𝐏= 19.25/ 22 ≅ 8.7/10 ≅ 87%

Conception

With the 2015 winter over Tony Karol set out to craft some guitars.  The J45 Slope Dread is one of Tony’s favourite designs due to sheer breath fullness of the tone. Karol choose to pair a sister set of Cocobolo to previous guitar named, The Light Vader.  This guitar begun construction under the constellation Aries and delivered as a finished guitar as a Libra. The soundboard of the guitar was voiced and aged ahead of time in 2013 to arrive at a more open Adirondack tone once completed and delivered.

Honesty

The body shape is based on a J 45 Slope Dread design. The arm rest and sound port are also borrowed design elements. Overall voicing, geometry and bracing are Tony Karol’s designs.

Gender

A full bodied open guitar with a huge voice, great balance and responsive touch. This Karol bears a powerful, loud, dynamic voice musically comparable to an Aretha Franklin in duet with Janis Joplin. With that in mind I would say this guitar has a more feminine soul.

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