Even though Colorado-based luthier Jeff Bamburg claims heâ€™s â€śjust a tool maker,â€ť saying he gets the most satisfaction out of hearing musicians use his instruments to create their craft, one look at his guitars makes it clear that heâ€™s not simply a utilitarian. Living and working in the small Rocky Mountain town of Salida, Colorado, Bamburg builds steel-string flattops with such contemporary features as a cantilevered fingerboard extension, carbon-fiber neck reinforcements, sound ports, radial back bracing, multiscale fingerboards, double tops, and others. Available in three body sizesâ€”concert, small jumbo, and jumboâ€”Bamburgâ€™s guitars start at $4,500 and are available as standard models or highly customized, individual creations.
"This guitar is my base model Player Series JSB (jumbo/small, Bamburg) made with cocobolo back and sides, an Alaska yellow cedar top, all-wood rosette, and ebony bindings. The fingerboard is ebony with side position markers and a scale length of 25.4 inches. The nut width is 1 3/4 inches and the string spacing at the saddle is 2 1/4 inches." â€”Jeff Bamburg
Excerpted from Acoustic Guitar September 2013