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Name: Yaron Naor

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  • Model:Phonon “The Sound Particle”
  • Back/Sides Wood: African Walnut
  • Top Wood: Red Spruce
  • Neck Wood: American Black Walnut
  • Fingerboard: Cherry
  • Fret Markers: Dots
  • Bridge: Cherry
  • Tuners: Gotoh
  • Body Length: 29.3/4 in.
  • Lower Bout: 12.3/4 in.
  • Body Depth @ Heel: 2.5 in.
  • Body Depth @ Tail: 2.5 in.
  • Scale Length: 23 in.
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4 in.

Yaron is a very innovate luthier who has developed some unusual designs which work very well. He recently turned his attention to a travel guitar and very kindly provided us with a commentary on his build and the progress:

“I found out that many people would like a Backpacker’s guitar. But existing models are not very balanced; some weight near the end pin would really help offset the weight of the headstock and neck. Intonation can also be a little bit of a problem as you move up the fret board. Often one loses between a quarter and half step at the 12th fret. There is also not enough bass, too much treble and inadequate global volume.

So now I am building this traveler guitar to fix all these problems. The first guitar has a “leaf” style top bracing which from experience I believe that gives more volume and more bass! And the second one has a “star” top bracing and a sound port on the side.

Here are some fantastic photos of the build process Yaron has provided:

Traveller Guitar by Yaron Noar Phonon
African walnut is glued to the sides, planning the blocks.

Traveller Guitar by Yaron Noar Phonon
Gluing the “Leaf” style bracing (developed by me) in a go bar clamping system.

Traveller Guitar by Yaron Noar Phonon
“Star” style top is ready for gluing

Traveller Guitar by Yaron Noar Phonon
“Leaf” style top is ready for gluing

Traveller Guitar by Yaron Noar Phonon
Side by side comparison

Traveller Guitar by Yaron Noar Phonon
Bodies are closed

Traveller Guitar by Yaron Noar Phonon
Special design bridge is in process

Traveller Guitar by Yaron Noar Phonon
American walnut neck (bolt on)

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