The bridge on both models is made of carbon fiber and is extremely light. To insure quick and painless string changes, I’ve developed a special bayonet system for fastening the strings. The Ball-end of the string is simply slotted into the bayonet. To release the string, simply loosen and slide the string from the fastening slot. This system alleviates so many of the problems associated with standard bridge pins; lost, wedged or broken bridge pins are a thing of the past. This system even offers advantages over the user friendly “string-through” style bridges by minimizing errant scratching of the top by the ball-ends while changing strings.
A Strong and Stable Neck
Many well-known luthiers these days make use of carbon fiber rods in their guitar necks…and there is a good reason for this. Carbon fiber allows for increased stiffness and strength with no penalty of extra weight. Leviora takes this one step further by using carbon fiber for the entire neck. Through the use of unidirectional and diagonally laid fibers, an absolutely light, stiff and torsion resistant neck is created. Twisted and crooked necks are a thing of the past. The use of carbon fiber also has a positive effect on the sound of the guitar. Carbon has an inherently small dampening characteristic and thus transferring more of the strings vibrational energy from the neck to the body of the guitar. Each Leviora neck is also equipped with an adjustable truss rod. This is not used to add stability to the already extremely stable neck, but to give the individual player the opportunity to set the relief of the neck to his or her personal preference.
The Art of Tap Tunings
To achieve the best possible sound, one needs more than just the best materials and high-tech production methods. Upon completion of the basic construction, each of the vital components of every Leviora guitar undergoes the meticulous “fine-tuning” process based on the concert tone 440Hz. This process requires a great deal of patience and experience, but also a keen understanding of the relationship between the construction materials and the sound produced. Through the use of Tap Tuning, I can influence the base sound of the guitar. Further, the integration of modern computer-aided frequency analysis allows me to consequently take into consideration the effect of even the smallest component on the sound of the guitar.
The Finishing Touch
Leviora guitars are finished with an eye for detail and accuracy. The finishes are as thin and scratch-resistant as possible, with the aim of minimizing any effect on the sound. The cutting of the fret slots, nut, saddle and the rounding of the fret-ends are done with the aid of a CNC machine. This allows for much higher precision compared to being done manually. The final polishing and crowning of the frets is done by hand, however, and I take care to set up each guitar as if it were my own!
Durch die Klassifizierung mit einem entsprechenden Modellnamen wird eindeutig festgelegt, mit welchen Optionen die Gitarre ausgestattet wird. So sind Verwechselungen bei der Bestellung und bei dem Verkauf der Gitarren nahezu ausgeschlossen.
All Leviora guitars are available in various configurations and material combinations. The model classifications indicate clearly the model and which options are present on the guitar, thus eliminating confusion during the ordering process.
A1M = Steel String Medium Auditorium Body (with standard cutaway)
A1L = Steel String Light Auditorium Body (with standard cutaway)
.f = Fanned Frets (Multi-Scale)
.b = Beveled Edge
.e = Elevated Fretboard
.t = Tronical self tunung system
A1L.f.b.t = Steel String Light with fanned fret and bevel and self tuning machine haed
The A1M-Series Model (Medium) Steelstring
The A1M Series is built with a slightly stiffer soundboard resulting in a higher resonant frequency. The initial “M” refers to the standard string gauge (.013 -056) to be used with this guitar, in other words, it is optimized for a medium set of strings. The guitar has an even frequency response in the upper range and is particularly balanced when amplified on stage. The A1M series is ideal for a wide range of playing styles, from strumming to fingerpicking. Together with the on-board Anthem system from L. R. Baggs, the A1m offers unparalleled balance and dynamic range.
The A1L-Series Model (Light) Steelstring
The A1L Series is the workhorse for the discerning fingerstyle player and those guitarists who often work with alternate tunings. The guitar is more lightly built overall, and offers more substance in the upper range with a decidedly warmer bass range. Tapped harmonics and percussive hits ring through with a fat and voluminous tone. When tuned to standard tuning with medium-light strings, the tone is brilliant and dynamic. I personally tune the guitar to Eb standard (Eb-Ab-Db-Gb -Bb-Eb), Dropped D or DADGAD. I suggest using a medium set of strings when working with these tunings. The optional multi-scale (fan fret) insures a fast attack and clear fundamental in the bass strings…even when tuned down as low as C. The treble strings in the multi-scale configuration are slightly shorter than standard scale length, resulting in warmer and sweeter highs. Once again, for those who prefer lowered tunings, I suggest replacing the standard factory string set (medium lights) with a medium set and a .062 for the lowest bass string.