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The Player's Comfort Bevels

William (Grit) Laskin is generally credited with the modern guitar bevel. Since his first designs many luthiers have picked up the idea. 

As mentioned before, as a custom guitar builder, I focus on five key areas when making a guitar. These are tone, intonation, playability, durability, and beauty. This page is dedicated to playability, namely comfort when playing. As a lifetime musician I understand what it means have discomfort while playing the guitar. Some of my clients play professionally for hours a day, some clients have shoulder and back problems that require special designs for comfort. The popularity of the comfort bevels has grown rapidly in recent years.

Three types of bevels are available:

The arm bevel: Located on the top side of the lower bout. 

The rib bevel: Located on the back waist.

The cutaway bevel: I first saw this design on electric guitars. The design allow the fingers to flow over the edge of the cutaway and reach just a little extra without the sharp edge of the guitar cramping your style.

These bevels are options on any model. You may chose any one or a combination.

 

The Sound Port

Sound ports are an innovative design which improve the sound by allowing the top to move more freely. When a guitar is played, the top moves up and down. The guitar "breathes", so to speak, through the sound hole. A guitar with a sound port allows the air to move in and out much more freely by removing the vacuum from inside the guitar. This frees up the top, removes the damping effect due to the resistance and allows more sustain and volume. Consequently a touch of rich, clear sound can be heard by the player through the sound port.   

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