new for 2017
The All Solid Wood Sundance Performance Pro X70 TE model is a traditional, hourglass figured Orchestra bodied guitar. The Orchestra’s classic hourglass figure means it sits comfortably on the knee, endearing it to players of folk and other fingerpicking-heavy styles of music. The shape ensures it had the perfect balance between playing and comfort. It features a hand selected premium AAA grade solid Spruce top, coupled with genuine Solid Mahogany back and sides.
First, the wood is kiln-dried conventionally to a moisture level of 6 to 10 percent. The wood is then “cooked” in a torrefaction kiln at a high temperature while controlling atmospheric moisture and oxygen levels. After the moisture level is taken to zero percent, the wood is placed in a conditioning chamber where the level of moisture is raised to 3 to 6 percent. The resulting wood boasts greater stability—especially beneficial as it’s exposed to atmospheric moisture during the life of an instrument—due to the closure of the cells when the water and sap is released from the wood.
“The wood is heat-treated in an oxygen-free kiln, making it highly resonant and extremely stable, it’s as if the wood is pre-aged.” Says Master designer Michael Sanden, “The process makes the guitar feel like a favourite old model that’s been played in daily for the last 20 years… it really does open up the spruce to that degree.”
The guitar is finished in a high gloss, violin sunburst, polyurethane finish, which gives it a vintage, classic look and feel.
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