Rosie Heydenrych at Turnstone Guitar Company is deep into special builds for the Holy Grail Guitar Show in Berlin, but, naturally, the fate of the festival is tenuous. Rosie builds flattop acoustic guitars by hand, alone in her shop in Newchapel, Surrey (south of London). Her instruments are notably “Old World” with decidedly modern touches: soundports, arm bevels, scoops (in lieu of cutaways) and multi-scale (fan fret) builds are all options. Her guitars are, understandably, popular with fingerstyle players — check out the video featuring Michael Watts and the TM Cutaway model built for the show below. The gallery includes a closer look at the TM, and her shop tour video includes a rundown of her other builds in progress.
Rosie’s TM model is roughly OM-sized, but with definite tweaks to the overall shape, and of course allowances for the measurements in millimeters (e.g. a 650mm scale length, 280mm and 380mm at the upper and lower bouts, respectively).
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