mini archtop guitar
This mini archtop guitar has been finding its way into many guitarists' hearts since I designed it in 2016. It's a guitar, not a totally new instrument, but it's unique enough that it feels like a completely new thing. (Which means you have to have one, right?)
With a hand-carved Sitka Spruce top and a 17 inch scale length tuned B-B, it's small, playable, fun, and sounds world-class with a voice of its own. Playing it is the same as playing your full sized guitar with a capo at the 7th fret.
When I designed the BearCub™ I decided to use a technology that is tried and true with smaller instruments; arched plates. I hand carve the spruce top just as I would with a mandolin or a violin. This, combined with the oval sound hole, gives the guitar warmth, clarity and projection from a very small body.
I offer 3 styles of body (back and sides) construction as well as many options and appointments. Please contact me for more information.
Many people ask is this a travel guitar? To me the term "travel guitar" is synonymous with "compromise", and there are no compromises here. So no it's not a travel guitar per se, but it is absolutely the best travel instrument a guitarist could have - I never leave home without mine! The BearCub mini archtop™ is at home on stage, in the studio, by the campfire, and anywhere else you go.