From Bob Gramann: " The Rapidan is a 14-fret parlor guitar (similar to the size O). Like all of my small guitars, its tone is loud and rich. It's very easy and enjoyable to sit around picking one of these. It sounds bigger than it is very easy to play."
The #129 model has the following features:
-Solid Oregon sitka top
-Solid Osage Orange back, sides, fingerboard, and bridge
-Holly and poplar rosette
-1 and 13/16" nut
-TKL hard case included!
Bob Gramann is a respected luthier throughout the mid-atlantic region. Based in Fredericksburg, VA, he has been building guitars since 1992 and has been a player for over 40 years.
Built with the fingerpicker in mind, each of these instruments sings louder than than its size. The top braces on all are scalloped and the bridges are carved to be light to allow the top to respond quickly to both high and low notes. The saddles are tall allowing easy picking and a strong response to a soft touch. The models are named after rivers in Virginia.
Bob says: "Most important is achieving such a rich, full sound that it is loud enough for performances without amplification. Amazingly, even tiny adjustments can enhance both tone and volume, producing a responsive instrument that feels good to play. Building these 'live' guitars has become almost an obsession. Any idea for a new feature or an improvement means I have to build a guitar to try it out. I build only a few instruments each year, so I have always tried to build something I would want to play. So far, I feel successful. And, I feel honored by the great players that have bought my instruments."