Characteristics of the SmoothTalker ™
The SmoothTalker was designed 22 years ago by luthier Mervyn Davis to facilitate melodic and complex chord playing, requiring enhanced treble response in the upper region of the neck where conventional guitars become less powerful and bass notes that retained clarity at high volume plugged in playing. This goal was achieved by reducing the soundboard size as well as the air volume of the sound box.
It has subsequently made its way into the hands of great players and onto stages worldwide.
They all share the following characteristic tonal qualities:
Acoustic loudness projecting directly off the face of the guitar.
Unparalleled volume in trebles above the 12th fret.
High definition note separation ideal for complex harmony and extended chords.
Exceptional resistance to feedback, facilitated by stiff plates as well as by the positioning of the sound hole. The guitar can be played at high volume among solid body guitars when plugged in. This is an electric player’s acoustic.
Very powerful (un-boomy) amplified bass response.
Playability, sound and ergonomics were the primary considerations when the instrument was designed. The Shape fits into that of the Classical Guitar and the solid upper half is essential for positioning the instrument in playing position.
Form followed Function.
The shape allows full and free access to the 22nd fret.
Low action setup is facilitated by the responsiveness of the sound box and SmoothTalkers actually sound better played softly.
Maintenance and Adjustability
Neck Set is adjustable at the tail end without requiring removal of the strings. This means that the action can be maintained without disturbing the pre-determined bridge saddle height which is essential for tone.
Bridge Setting. Pickup tone and volume can be balanced by two little screws on the bridge spacer which functions to space the strings as well as to maintain string pressure on the saddles. The bridge is designed to keep pressure on both sides of the bridge in balance, leaving the soundboard unstressed.
Modular Design makes it possible to remove the back without slackening the strings, allowing access to the inside of the instrument and facilitating maintenance and repair work.