2020 Mario Aracama CD/OV
|Back & Sides||Ovangkol|
|Scale Length||650 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
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This is a beautiful instrument from Mario Aracama featuring lovely materials - this time Mario combined Western red cedar for the soundboard with a beautiful set of 2.0 mm Mongoy for the back and sides. Mongoy, also known as Ovangkol, comes from West Africa and is similar to rosewood in its acoustic properties. Additionally, it has a drop-dead gorgeous look, with its 3-dimensional flames and rich "caramel" color, which complements the darker cedar top beautifully. As he has done in the past, Mario has doubled the sides with 1.3 mm of Cypress on the interior for added rigidity, adding increased power and focus to every note. Fingerboard is ebony, neck is cedar. Every Aracama guitar has a different and unique aesthetic - Mario enjoys designing rosettes and purfling to complement the visual qualities of the timbers selected for top, back and sides, so that the entire guitar has a unified wholeness unto itself. This guitar is a pleasure to play. It has a friendly responsiveness to it - an immediate but not harsh attack, and a velvety, full quality of sound. It has a lovely palette of timbral colors with the slightest changes in right hand position. Basses are deep, trebles are thick and rich with great clarity between all voices. Playability is very comfortable for both hands. Overall a great guitar for the player seeking a charming, traditional instrument full of Spanish character.Photos taken during construction.