19
Sep

Artistry 15”

Style 1 headstock. Timbers are European spruce front, with European figured maple back, sides, and neck. Ivoroid binding, WBWB purfling. X braced. The body depth was increased from the standard 70mm to 76mm. Custom dual pickup system. The magnetic pickup is voiced for bronze strings, with a DPA 4061 omni microphone fitted beneath the pickguard near fret 20. Blend, master volume, and magnetic active tone control are mounted underneath the pickguard, together with two preamps, and two CR2032 lithium cells. Strings are Elixir 80/20 Bronze Polyweb Light 12-53. I’m a fan of Polyweb strings for archtop guitar. Lovely warm acoustic tone, and they amplify really well with a suitably balanced magnetic pickup. This Artistry has a beautiful, rich and detailed acoustic voice. The extra body depth enhances the bass without becoming unwieldy. Plugged in, the magnetic sounds anywhere from warm and plummy to detailed and contemporary depending on how you set the tone control. Mix in the DPA, and it sounds more like a nicely miked flat top.