Kirk Sand (Luthier) and Richard Smith (Fingerstyle Virtuoso) have collaborated on the new model of Sand Guitar.
The Richard Smith model has become one of my most popular instruments in the last few years. I have always liked to make crossover classical guitars, since the steel string guitarist has never really taken to the standard classical guitar.
I collaborated with British guitar virtuoso Richard Smith on this model. Richard had been playing my guitars for many years, but was interested in an instrument that had a soundhole for acoustic gigs, yet had the great electronics and flexibility of my electric models.
The Richard Smith model was born. It has the Sand design cutaway for maximum access to the upper frets. The Rosewood body is slim and easy to hold. Models run between 3.5" and 3.75" deep. Perfect for standing with a strap, or sit down play.
Either Sitka or Englemann spruce is used on the soundboard. Indian rosewood back and sides are standard. Brazilian rosewood is available at an upcharge.
This instrument has all the features of a fine concert classical guitar. Ebony fingerboard, Rosewood binding, soundhole rosette, wood purfling all around, with Abalone trim optional. Any nut width, neck size and scale length are also available.
You may not play as well as Richard if you own one of these instruments, but it will put you one step closer to that goal!