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Bedell Bahia Orchestra

Bedell Bahia Orchestra
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Presenting the Limited Edition Bedell Bahia Orchestra, featuring the classic pre-war combination of an Adirondack Spruce Top paired with Old Growth Brazilian Rosewood back and sides.

From Bedell about this amazing guitar:
Over a half century ago several Brazilian rosewood logs were shipped from NE Brazil to a small company producing church ornaments just outside of Madrid, Spain, where they rested peacefully in a warehouse. As the generations passed and the business focus changed, the logs were cut into tone wood sets for guitars and the company became known as Madinter, one of the premier tone wood suppliers to the world’s exclusive guitar builders.

Year-by-year, over more than 5 decades, the tone wood sets aged, cured by the ideal Spanish climate. The sap crystalize, the stress in the wood relaxed, the cellulose matured between the annual growth fibers…nature took its natural course of turning tone wood into incredible music wood. Just as pre-war guitars are known for their extraordinary sound as the tone woods age, the Brazilian rosewood of Madinter cured naturally.

Bedell Guitars acquired Madinter’s entire collection of treasured Brazilian rosewood in 2013. It is all legally documented. It was harvested before Brazil prohibited the export of Brazilian rosewood logs in the late 1960s, before the initial CITES convention of 1972 and long before Brazilian rosewood was declared an endangered species by CITES in 1992. This treasured wood is the finest music wood Mother Nature has created. It responds to lower energy bass frequencies with power and enthusiasm and rejoices in the higher energy treble notes. There is a timbre, an energy, an incredible aliveness that comes from the instruments we are crafting with this aged, cured Brazilian rosewood. There can be no question, Brazilian rosewood is the finest guitar body music wood and the journey of the Brazilian we are using makes this the most amazing collection in the world.

But we do not take our Brazilian rosewood for granted. In launching the new Bedell Bahia dreadnought, orchestra and parlor we have paired it with Adirondack spruce. The Bedell Bahia offers the finest music wood nature has created, hand-crafted into the finest guitars technology has enabled."

Top Wood: Adirondack Spruce
Adirondack delivers volume and clarity without distortion even with heavy picking. Adirondack is relatively heavy, with a high velocity of sound, and has the highest stiffness of all top woods across and along the grain.

Back and Sides Wood: Brazilian Rosewood
An endangered and carefully protected species, Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) is the most precious of tonewoods. Simply called “rio” by Brazilians, it is highly regarded among luthiers and collectors for its magical tonal character and deep, rich beauty – and it is vigorously regulated; it is protected with the same level of regulation as ivory. Brazil – recognizing the value of its rosewood trees – outlawed the exportation of Brazilian rosewood logs in the late ‘60s. The ban was a blow to luthiers and guitar manufacturers worldwide, since it was widely believed that there was no better combination for acoustic guitars than Brazilian rosewood paired with spruce. From that point onward, fewer and fewer players would have the chance to own a Brazilian rosewood guitar, and most would have to settle for other rosewood substitutes… and if you’ve ever played an acoustic guitar crafted from Brazilian rosewood, you know there is no substitute.

Neck Wood: Honduran Mahogany
Mahogany is a medium-lightweight wood, ranging in color from light brown to dark. It has a balanced, resonant tone with notable sustain. Mahogany delivers a thick bottom end, rich midrange, and controlled, warm top end. Honduran mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) trees prefer basking in the sunshine; they can tolerate a bit of shade, but they’re happiest and healthiest when their leaves have unfettered access to sunlight. The tree that supplied your tonewood probably grew in a low-elevation rainforest, in a bright, sunny location, in dry, well-drained soil, surrounded by other mahogany trees, possibly near a river or stream.

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