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Caldersmith

‘GRANGE’

Guitars

These guitars maintain the quality features of Caldersmith guitars, whilst keeping the non-professional player (and their budget) in mind. All tops are made from Western Red Cedar or King William Pine incorporating rosettes in the original Caldersmith style. The soundboard is reinforced with a graded rectangular lattice of western red cedar instead of balsa/carbon fibre. This gives a somewhat different sound from the carbon fibre guitars while retaining good projection and sustain.

Other features of the 'Grange' guitars include :

  • Lighter 15mm ply frame.
  • 1.5mm thick soundboard.
  • Double acting Truss Rod.
  • Tapered fingerboard to the bass side.
  • Lightweight backpack or normal ply case.

The grange design has also proven particularly effective for the higher range treble and octave guitars.

Optional Extras

- Armrest $100
- 20th fret $50
- Schaller machine heads $50 - $100
- Hiscox case $200

Other decorative features and scale variations are also negotiable when ordering a Grange guitar.



" Blending power, lyricism & strength with striking visual beauty, Graham & Angela's 'Grange' guitars bring concert-approved quality & tone to within a student's reach. Beautifully balanced & an inviting performance experience, they give the player room to grow & handle any repertoire or playing situation with ease. Might even play one myself... "
Steve Thorneycroft
Ephen Stephen Duo; Lecturer at UNE, Armidale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Paulownia - a new lattice material

Rye (our trainee) recently made a surfboard from Paulownia wood (better than balsa as it don't need to be glassed!) and then suggested we try using it for our Grange lattices.

Paulownia is native to China and cultivated extensively across Eastern Asia, but is also now being used for reforestation programmes in other countries, including Australia - many of the hippies in our area had the foresight to plant paulownias 15 - 20 years ago so there are now quite a few mature trees around.

Paulownia is deciduous and very fast growing with beautiful large flowers rather like a foxglove. The wood is very light, open grained, soft and warp resistant - it also has a low silica content so is kind to the machine blades! In China and Korea, paulownia is used for the soundboards of some stringed instruments and in Japan it is used for chests and boxes; the wood is burned to make charcoal for sketching and powder for fireworks.

Here in Comboyne, we found we were able to make paulownia lattices almost 30% lighter than our high grade cedar ones, meaning we can keep the same resonances and frequencies but have a more acoustically efficient soundboard due to its light weight.

Thanks Rye!!
 



Steve Thorneycroft playing Grange on YouTube

The pieces below are recordings by accomplished New England guitar duo Ephen Stephen. The guitarist on the left, Stephen Thorneycroft is playing a Caldersmith Grange guitar which balances well with Stephen Tafra's carbon fibre lattice guitar.

The following images are linked to the YouTube videos.

Ephen Stephen Duo.

Ephen Stephen Duo.


 

 

Examples of some Grange Guitars

 

Rosewood Grange guitar. We feel this is one of our best Granges yet - very playable with beautiful tonal dynamics.

Graham with the new Indian Rosewood/Cedar Grange.
Graham with the new Indian Rosewood/Cedar Grange.

'Tasmanian Tiger' Grange guitar features top in King William Pine with Huon Pine decoration, and Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides. It also has a blackwood fingerboard and bridge. A stunning looking instrument, it's assertive starting transient gives it a unique cutting sound.

Angela testing the Tassie Tiger.
Angela testing the 'Tassie Tiger'.

 

Maple back  

 

Cedar/Maple with Blackwood decoration.

 

Maple sound hole

 

Cedar/Rosewood with Blackwood decoration. Indian Rosewood

 

Prickly Ash front  

 

 

 

Cedar/Prickly Ash with Silky Oak decoration.

 

 

Prickly Ash back

 

Blackwood front Blackwood back  

 

 

 

 

Short scale Cedar/Blackwood with Blackwood decoration.

 

 






Cedar/Rosewood with Mallee Root decoration.



 Cedar/Queensland Maple with Silky Oak decoration.



Back of Queensland Maple short scale Grange.



 King William Pine/Peach with Red Mulga fingerboard.



Sean Kelly playing GRANGE 8 Sean Kelly testing a Grange guitar at Central Coast Guitar Festival.



Grange No 10


Cedar/Rosewood with Silky Oak decoration.



Blackwood Grange

Cedar/Blackwood with Forest Oak decoration.

Blackwood Grange Blackwood Grange





Custom Grange

This custom made Grange guitar features extra wide fingerboard, increased string length, armrest and specialised decoration and was made for Jasper Van Blerkum in The Netherlands.
 

Custom  Guitars.






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This recording of 'Chords' was played on the Blackwood Grange by Eric Cathan. This recording of 'Chords' was played on the Blackwood Grange by Eric Cathan.
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Roger Harmer improvising on his cedar/rosewood Grange. Roger Harmer improvising on his cedar/rosewood Grange.
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*Background Music: Eric Cathan on blackwood Grange: Estudio Romantico (Emilio Pujol).

 

Graphics, layout and design by  Krewe 42.  Updated by Allen Bruce.  Copyright 2004. All Rights Reserved. Graham Caldersmith.