Following a meeting and some discussions with Paul Fischer, he encouraged me to experiment with a Double Top concert guitar using Nomex as the core.
The double top or composite top guitar was first developed by guitar makers Mathias Dammann and Gernot Wagner. Gernot Wagner first introduced the use of nomex into his soundboards and continues to develop these instruments today. My double top guitars are the result of my own experiments using nomex.
I have been offering this type of guitar for about a year now once I was happy with the design. So far the guitar has been very well received.
The guitar is with a cedar front and 5 braces and closing bar. It has a very strong developed sound which is very Spanish in nature. The guitar has good sustain and volume. It is quite a powerful guitar.
This guitar is built with double laminated sides, the inner layer being either cypress, pear or rosewood. These stiffer sides help support the top and allow more energy from the strings to transfer to the top.
I build the guitars by hand using fairly traditional methods and select all the materials for each guitar with a view to achieving the best tone for each one, looking for a wide palette of tone colours and an even balance between the bass and treble.
Selected cedar with Nomex core (design unique to Steve Toon)
Rosewood back and sides with double laminated sides
Cedrela neck with graphite rod
Ebony fingerboard (option for 20 frets)
Scale length 650 or 660 or by request
Solid wood bindings and real wood purflings
High gloss finish
Tuners by Rubner, Sheller, Waverly, Pagos or other by request
Hiscox Pro 2 case included