2020 Bedell Bahia Orchestra
BODY TYPE – Orchestra
NECK WOOD – Honduran mahogany
TOP WOOD – Adirondack spruce
BACK & SIDES WOOD – Brazilian rosewood
TOP FINISH – Gloss
BACK & SIDE FINISH – Gloss
FRETBOARD – Ebony
# FRETS – 20
NUT WIDTH – 1.687″
TUNERS – Waverly #4067, nickel with ebony buttons
LOWER BOUT WIDTH – 15.5″
WAIST WIDTH – 9.25″
UPPER BOUT WIDTH – 11.375″
BODY LENGTH – 19.65″
BODY DEPTH – 4″
STRING GAUGE – D’Addario EXP 16’s
ELECTRONICS – None
BINDING – Koa
INLAY – 4mm Brass Dots
SCALE LENGTH – 25.5″
HAND TUNED – Yes
CASE – Bedell deluxe hardshell case
Over a half century ago several Brazilian rosewood logs were shipped from NE Brazil to a small company producing church ornaments just outside of Madrid, Spain, where they rested peacefully in a warehouse. As the generations passed and the business focus changed, the logs were cut into tone wood sets for guitars and the company became known as Madinter, one of the premier tone wood suppliers to the world’s exclusive guitar builders.
Year-by-year, over more than 5 decades, the tone wood sets aged, cured by the ideal Spanish climate. The sap crystalize, the stress in the wood relaxed, the cellulose matured between the annual growth fibers…nature took its natural course of turning tone wood into incredible music wood. Just as pre-war guitars are known for their extraordinary sound as the tone woods age, the Brazilian rosewood of Madinter cured naturally.
Bedell Guitars acquired Madinter’s entire collection of treasured Brazilian rosewood in 2013. It is all legally documented. It was harvested before Brazil prohibited the export of Brazilian rosewood logs in the late 1960s, before the initial CITES convention of 1972 and long before Brazilian rosewood was declared an endangered species by CITES in 1992. This treasured wood is the finest music wood Mother Nature has created. It responds to lower energy bass frequencies with power and enthusiasm and rejoices in the higher energy treble notes. There is a timbre, an energy, an incredible aliveness that comes from the instruments we are crafting with this aged, cured Brazilian rosewood. There can be no question, Brazilian rosewood is the finest guitar body music wood and the journey of the Brazilian we are using makes this the most amazing collection in the world.
But we do not take our Brazilian rosewood for granted. In launching the new Bedell Bahia dreadnought, orchestra and parlor we have paired it with Adirondack spruce.
The Bedell Bahia offers the finest music wood nature has created, hand-crafted into the finest guitars technology has enabled.
Note: this instrument has been updated for 2018 with changes to the top wood, bracing material, headstock veneer, and added back purfling and center strips. The images of this instrument have not been updated yet. We will be updating them asap.
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