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Mervyn Davis has created a fresh and exciting guitar design that is not only artistic and eye-catching but completely musical and practical. His Smoothtalker SSC2 design concept features very stiff back and sides, not unlike what many modern makers are doing these days, and a fan braced Spruce top that because of the body design is extremely lively and responsive. Soundports in the waist and near the neck flood the player with the beautiful voice.
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The result of this design is an instrument with serious projection and extreme clarity. The trebles strings simply soar, with more density and volume than the average guitar. The bass is focused and clear also with profound power. The Smoothtalker is extremely versatile and well suited for Blues, Jazz and any style where a strong fundamental and power are required. We even had fun playing classical and Flamenco on it. The Smoothtalker also comes outfitted with a Baggs Active Element so it's ready for the stage. This is an inspirational design straight from South Africa.
Mervyn Davis has created a fresh and exciting guitar design that is not only artistic and eye-catching but completely musical and practical. His Smoothtalker SSC2 design concept features very stiff back and sides, ...read full descriptionArtists who play instruments by this builder: Bella Fleck, Steve Newman, Johnny Fourie, Tony Cox, Vusi Mahlasela, Dozi, Rudi Bauer, Greg Georgiades, Tananas, Not My Dog, SciCoustic, Radio Kalahari Orkes, CH2, Aquarian Quartet
"The entire Smooth Talker design is very different. Very stiff sides, oval soundboard with grain across the top, suspension bridge system. This all adds up to strong projection like a banjo but with a true acoustic guitar sound. These are awesome guitars for players of single line music, lead players, fingerstyle players, Jazz players. They also have just enough of a unique voice to add a great color to recordings. Try something exciting! " - Paul Heumiller
"This a unique instrument with an equally unique voice. The tone cuts through somewhat like a resophonic guitar would and would be great for a number styles of fingerstyle and flat picking, especially in an ensemble situation or in a recording session.
" - Al Petteway