The Art of the Instrument
Music is a great thing, one of the most powerful forces in the universe. But what about the instruments that make the music? Have you ever thought of the details and intricacies that have to go into creating an instrument that makes sound so clear, it feels like that moment in time is being written by the instrument itself? There are instruments, and then there are instruments that might be so perfect at creating, that their abilities are too precious to exploit.
Where do these instruments come from? What kind of craftsman makes them? The type of talent it takes to understand an instrument in this way is probably as few and far between as their masterpieces themselves. But every once in a while, a diamond in the rough is found. If you are an avid guitar player and nothing gives you more pleasure than the sound of your instrument in your hands, DeTemple Guitars might be just what you have been looking for.
A Gifted Craftsman
Michael DeTemple is the gifted craftsman behind DeTemple Guitars. Growing up in Los Angeles, Michael played, maintained and repaired many different stringed instruments. Hanging out at the Ash Grove, he was inspired by some of the great folk and blues musicians, which led to a life-long career and love of music. He has been given opportunity to work with artists such as Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. Twenty years ago, he decided to build his own guitars modeled after the essence of the original classic guitars of the 1950s. His life-long love of both playing and restoring guitars drove him to start the business. The attention to detail and unique touch that goes into each individual guitar has made Michael THE guitar manufacturer musicians seek after, and leaves customers overjoyed with the end result.
Michael handcrafts his guitars with as minimal machinery as possible. Starting with the neck, he sculpts each piece individually and compression fits the neck into the body.
Known in violin making as “tap tuning”, he is extremely selective in the timber used to create guitars that are in tune before the strings are even put on. Dedicated to manufacturing only the highest quality of guitars, Michael uses Titanium Saddles, Tremolo Blocks, String Ferrules, Truss Rods and neck plates for their clear, bright sound. Which are found along with his Tune-o-matic bridges specifically at www.detempleguitars.com for purchase.
Only the Best Materials for the Job
The type of metal used in your guitar largely impacts the overall tone. Pot metal is commonly used in manufacturing, however it is soft and not as durable as other metals. As every guitarist has their own preference and sound they’re looking for, some choose other metals like titanium, as a different option to pot metal. If you find that your guitar’s tone is not quite to your liking, it is worth replacing the metal sustains block and saddle to see if titanium can give you the sound you are looking for with a brighter tone, increased clarity and a more balanced frequency spread.
To the naked eye you may not notice much of a difference between steel and titanium, but titanium is actually much lighter and is quite difficult to bend, naturally giving it a better tone. Titanium’s low internal damping factor transmits sound with higher efficiency and is an important feature in the metal used. It does not inherently change the sound produced, instead it brings out the natural sound of the wood and resonates better, giving a richer sound quality.
Guitar strings with a titanium alloy core are meant to last longer, have lower stiffness and tension, and are corrosion resistant. The price may be higher, but the improvement in tone and their longevity makes them worth the investment. Musicians who have switched from steel have fallen in love with titanium strings and say they are “worth every penny”. Describing their switch to titanium, musicians are saying “I am a real convert”, “better than any I’ve heard” and “[titanium] strings just can’t be matched”, there is no going back to any other metal.
The improved sound doesn’t end with strings, you can replace metal Trem Blocks and Saddles in your guitar for titanium as well. The Saddles directly receive the string’s vibration and are a huge factor in the sound produced. It gives more definition and clarity to the sound, and has an overwhelmingly long sustain. Switching your Trem Block to its titanium counterpart can take a quarter of a pound off the weight of your guitar. The beauty of titanium is that by removing weight you are actually improving the tonal quality.
Look to the Experts
When looking for advice on what type of metal to use in your guitar, look to the experts. You don’t get any more qualified on guitar making than Michael DeTemple. With his stamp of approval on titanium, look no further for your own guitar needs. If you are looking for a better metal, it does not exist.
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