With fingerstyle guitar players in mind, Kevin Ryan combined his parlor-sized Abbey model with his inventive 10-string design. The result is an extremely alluring little guitar featuring a standard scale length, for more volume than traditional parlor guitars, and the chime and voice of a traditional 12-string instrument.
Single B and E strings allow for clear treble melodies, while the G-string course is flipped, so the higher-pitched string is hit with an upstroke of a finger or pick. On the low E, A and D strings, you'll find a standard double-course set-up, providing all the ringing shimmer you could want for strumming out those Byrds tunes. The ebony, art deco-inspired, stair-step bridge utilizes six pins and four rear channels through which to pass the paired-string courses (really quite clever). Ryan has chosen an exceedingly light string gauge for this guitar, which, in combination with a sleek, modern neck profile, makes for an uncannily comfortable playing experience.
Gorgeously figured tonewoods—ziricote back and sides paired with a bear-claw , spruce—provide clarity, warmth and exceptional overtone, whether you're playing with bare fingers or a flatpick. Shell purfling adorns the top as well as the lovely ziricote rosette.
Priced with Calton Case.