New from luthier Kipp Krusa is the Trillium—a 25 1/2"-scale grand concert guitar with a carved top, an elevated fretboard, and an oval soundhole. The Trillium’s top and soundhole are carved from a thick piece of German spruce, and the instrument’s back and sides are made from ziricote. The fretboard and bridge are ebony with mother-of-pearl inlays, and the guitar has gold Waverly tuners with ebony buttons.
“This model employs a traditionally X-braced soundboard that’s graduated in thickness,” says Krusa. “The guitar shown here has a Venetian cutaway and mother-of-pearl vine inlays on both the fretboard and headstock. The Trillium is an immensely responsive instrument that offers brilliant articulation, whether played with a subtle or aggressive technique. It’s available in a variety of different materials, and as with all Krusa guitars, such details as nut width and string spacing at the saddle are customized to the requests of the player.”
You can gauge the thickness of the initial soundboard blank by how high the soundhole lip rises above the carved top.