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Daniel Slaman “Old School Dome” Nylon

Daniel Slaman “Old School Dome” Nylon

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nylon string tone with archtop feel

It's no wonder Pat Metheny has been lately showing up at gigs armed with his Slaman guitars including the latest, the new Old School Dome Nylon electric archtop. Developed together by Pat and Daniel, the Old School Dome offers an archtop player a comfortable way to step into the nylon world without giving up the playability he is used to. The tone is warm, percussive and rich. Ergonomically, it so comfortable and familiar with the kind of playability is you'd expect from a fine jazz guitar

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Here's how Daniel Slaman describes this incredible instrument: a guitar with nylon string tone combined with an archtop jazz guitar feel. Why it's important: many steel string archtop jazz players would like to take a side step to the nylon string guitar, but until now that meant going to a completely different feeling and looking instrument with more features of the classical guitar then of the archtop guitar.

These days are over; the Dome has the feel of an archtop jazz guitar; high bridge, arched top, 14 frets to the body, cutaway, narrower neck compared to classical, 12 inch radius fingerboard. Any steel string archtop jazz player immediately feels at home with this instrument. It feels just like your steel string instrument, but sounds very differently!

CRAIG'S POV

I am very fortunate to be able to be able to represent Slaman guitars. In this case, I think Daniel understates just how fantastic this guitar is.

Not only is Daniel an extremely talented luthier of the first order who's sensitive to a professional players needs, he's also a fine human being imbued with passion for the instrument. As a talented player himself, he deeply understands the nuances of a guitar's build and has the high and rare level of skill to translate his vision into an instrument. So it's no wonder Pat Metheny has been lately showing up at gigs armed with his Slaman guitars including the latest, the new Old School Dome Nylon electric archtop. Developed together by Pat and Daniel, the Old School Dome offers an archtop player a comfortable way to step into the nylon world without giving up the playability he is used to. Lately this has been Pat's go to nylon string guitar.

I have played many luthiers' attempts at building a nylon archtop but I have to say this is by far the best I've had the pleasure to play. The acoustic tone is warm, percussive and rich. Ergonomically, it so comfortable and familiar with the kind of playability is you'd expect from a fine jazz guitar. But what really knocks me out is how wonderful it sounds amplified. It's no accident. Daniel went to great lengths to get this right. Pat loves the sound of vintage '80s Ovation pickups and uses them in his Manzer acoustics. Daniel (and I, by the way) agree. They are superlative sounding and Daniel has been buying old Ovations just so he can harvest their pickups. Talk about caring and details! Once installed with the FET 3 Ovation preamp I would be hard pressed to find a more satisfying electric tone.

The sum of the design, fit and finish and sonic palette make this an awesome and inspired instrument that really blows me away. Well done Daniel!

If you'd like to find out more about this item, just call or e-mail me. It would be my pleasure to talk to you about it.

ABOUT DANIEL SLAMAN GUITARS
Daniel Slaman has been making guitars since 1978. Born in 1957, the first guitar was made with help from his father and the book ‘Classical Guitar Making’ by the late Irving Sloane. After spending much time with the classical and flamenco guitars, since 1995 Daniel has been making archtop jazz guitars exclusively. To Slaman, guitar making is an expression of creative freedom; every choice that is made for a particular guitar is made to achieve a unity in design. The result may not be to everybody's taste, that's a different matter, but the unity of design should always shine through in choices of wood, size, decoration and finish colour of the guitar. The result is always a unique one-of-a-kind instrument, made by one mind and set of hands. Slaman players connect to their guitar(s) in a unique way. To these owners, the guitar has a meaning beyond physical aspects; there's always a bond or connection between the player and the guitar. The guitars transcend the status of mere physical objects; they almost become a part of the family, an irreplaceable item of value both material and immaterial.


Serial #39218
Body16 1/4" flamed maple back and sides
TopLutz spruce dome, small ƒ holes
Backlaminated arched with braces
NeckSpanish cedar
Fingerboardebony
Scale25 1/2" scale length, 14 frets to the body
Nutbone
Nut width48 mm
Truss rodadjustable
Finishnitrocellulose, hand polished, antique
Inlaydots on side of fingerboard
Bridgeebony
Tailpiecehandmade brass
Pickupvintage '80s Ovation piezo pickup, Ovation FET 3 pre-amp
Electronicsvintage Ovation FET 3 pre-amp, additional XLR output
TunersWaverly with ebony buttons
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